Rarely do I try to insert my own personal life in here but last Monday I closed one chapter of my professional career. It was a hard choice to leave the company I worked at; we had amazing wines as well as great group of colleagues that I will sorely miss. Ultimately I think I was starting to get comfortable and if I were to grow in this industry, it was time to move on to other projects and opportunities.
For my farewell party I had the following wines from around the world (despite the fact my company is known foremost as Burgundy experts in town).
Bernard Gripa, Saint Péray " Les Figuiers" 2015: A lovely white made of Marsanne and Roussanne from a small domaine in St. Joseph. This is way to hard to drink young as it's quite full and lush but has definitely lemon, mineral and honey notes that will allow it very well. It is also hard to avoid the bitter notes at this stage.
Mount Mary Vineyard Valley Pinot Noir 2014: Generous of my colleague to share it with me on my last day. The nose and palate had strong almost Beaujolais like characters – dense, fruit forward and ripe – with a reductive character however very refreshing, clean and finesse. A new benchmark for me in terms of the quality of Pinot Noir made down under.
Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015: Again drunk too young but it proves that Rhys is still one of the best Californian pinots produced bar none. Layered, complex and full of rich berry characters and the faintest hint of tobacco, this has the power and opulence to compete with any wines from Gevrey Chambertin.
Philippe Pacalet Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques 2015: I remembered incorrectly that it was a Clos St. Jacques but wow the gusto and pizzazz this beauty gave off was astonishing and made me love this neighboring vineyard all over again. Philippe Pacalet remains one of my favourite natural winemakers (even more so than Bizot – personally I think there is more consistency) for good reason, there is same structure and balance that you would find in more typical Burgundy wines except this has more approachability, delicateness that is found most often in "natural" wines. Opened to soon but so so good to drink now after airing for 2 hours.
As I plan my next move, I have more to update so stay tuned to this space. Apologies for the inconsistent posting lately!