Lunch with Pol, Cloudy, Lapierre, Jamet, Clair and Bachelet

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Lunch with Pol, Cloudy, Lapierre, Jamet, Clair and Bachelet


Popped round for lunch at brother-in-law Beavington’s pad yesterday, which usually means that between us we’ll have something decent to drink. (In the process, I also very nobly assist him with his cellar over-stock issues.) All the wines showed really well yesterday.

Champagne Pol Roger NV France
This is showing really well: toast, peach and nuts, together with citrussy freshness. Fresh but quite rich with lovely complexity. 93/100


Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV France
Fine, fresh and precise with ripe, sweet pear and citrus fruit with hints of melon. Lovely purity and precision, showing lots of ripe fruit. Very stylish. 93/100

cloudy bay

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand
This is fabulous. Amazing aromatics: beautifully perfumed with fresh grapefruit and passionfruit. Fresh, expressive palate is transparent and delicate with great precision and some lychee and passionfruit richness. 93/100


Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2010 Burgundy, France
Amazing nose of nectarine, toast, quince and pineapple. The palate is dense and rich with quince, pineapple, toast and minerals, as well as hints of marzipan and almond. A fabulously rich white Burgundy, showing great concentration. 94/100


Bruno Clair Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 Burgundy, France
Lovely grapefruit, citrus, peach, pear and nut characters here, along with some minerality. There’s a bracing freshness as well as a hint of matchstick. Beautiful poise and complexity. Thoroughly delicious now at 9 years old. 95/100


Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2009 Beaujolais, France
This is showing very well now. Lovely fresh cherries and plums with brightness and elegance. Really pure fruit: great precision and finesse. And so easy to drink. 93/100


Jamet Cote Rotie 2002 Northern Rhone, France
A terrible vintage, but the wine is OK. Supple, fresh black cherry fruit with a citrussy edge. Notes of iron, blood, meat and spice, as well as some minerals. Drink now. 90/100

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4 thoughts on “Lunch with Pol, Cloudy, Lapierre, Jamet, Clair and Bachelet

  1. Mmmm, some seriously generous scores there, Jamie – must have been a nice lunch!

    I’ve got some of that Jamet 02 (pretty cheap stuff) and the poor vintage does show through. In a quandary over whether to drink it now or keep it, so will probably just try one every 6 months or so.

    93 for Cloudy Bay SB? Definitely worthy of an eyebrow raise. I’m sure the merchants will be falling over themselves to quote you on that one! Maybe I’ll just have to get a bottle and see for myself….

  2. Got the ruinart blanc de blancs for my son’s 18th. Always thought of Granny Smiths when I’ve drunk it before.

  3. My God, do you write these posts to tease us?! Pol Roger is consistently my favourite Champagne; good start. I don’t think the Marcel Lapierre is obviously from Morgon though, perhaps they should state this more clearly on the label…

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