“It is is better for pearls to pass through the lips of swine than good wine to pass through the lips of the indifferent.”
Oh, the joys of the under-estimated. Especially an under-estimated wine. Most especially that of an under-estimated Grand Cru Burgundian wine from a year that put growers through their paces. A gem hidden in the 90+ page wine list at one of Seattle’s premier restaurants among Côte d’Or crown jewels such as a $7500 bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, Grand Cru 2005.
Demurely tucked between this array of royal pours, one delightfully overlooked pearl – a Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru 2006. The sommelier moved us through the ritual uncorking with finesse, enthused at unveiling this little beauty from the confines of the wine cellar and giving it a whirl around the dining room. Food pairing partners for the evening included beef, seafood, and lightly sautéd mushrooms.
With each sip, the wine unfurled its elegant storyline, like Scheherazade of Persian lore. Any hints of 2006’s pluvial overpours banished, swept away in a cloudless ruby glow, supple structure, regal balance, red fruit notes, and soft earth aromas. On the palate – flawless, with a lingering, ethereal finish.
A very good wine indeed – passed through the lips of those less than indifferent to its charms. Santé.
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