A couple of friends and I like to taste wines together. No pressure, some allegiance to the Sommelier tasting grid, mostly just sheer enjoyment and smiles. Coming from a big blind-tasting tradition with my friends from New Orleans, I always have fun trying to tweak my brain cells to their limit and pull out a wine's grape, region, and year, amongst other things.
As the old saying goes, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Or as Andy Griffith says, "Sometimes you bag 'em, sometimes you don't." I posed this beauty blind to my two companions, thinking I might have picked a stumper. Sure enough, the consensus amongst the two was Premier Cru Chablis. The answer? The 2009 Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay from the simply amazing Wes Hagan:
Wonderfully Old World in style, the wine showed balanced and elegant notes of apple, pear, citrus, chalk, flint, light spice, and gentle oak. Not a bit of that buttery, over-oaked bodacious personality of many California Chardonnays. So Burgundy lovers rejoice. Clos Pepe is your new winery, Wes Hagan is your man.