Late 80s Bordeaux delivered from France

A handful of late 80s Bordeaux wines arrived at the cellar today. Also a few more recent ones, such as the 2015 Château d’Aiguilhe, which supposedly is a wonderful “value” Bordeaux, and the 2016 Closerie Saint Roc. Finally, Dominique Lafon makes an appearance with his Bourgogne Aligoté.

I will taste most of these at some point during the year, hopefully in the company of good friends and family, so stay tuned.

Late 80s Bordeaux wines

2020 Benoît Ente Bourgogne-Aligoté Antichtone

While in Busan, South Korea, we discovered this pretty wine bar @winevin_ at Gwangalli Beach. There, you’ll find a carefully crafted wine menu that goes beyond what you typically find in most bars in Korea. The focus seems to be on burgundy and champagne. Even though we picked a bottle of wine ourselves today, they offer an “Omakase” style wine course where they will suggest several wines for you.

2020 Benoît Ente Bourgogne-Aligoté “Antichtone”:

EN: Tasted at a wine bar, so didn’t take detailed notes. In the nose, light spices and citrus fruits. This continues on the palate with a fresh acidity of lemons, paired with nuts and a stony minerality. This doesn’t have the complexity of a burgundian Chardonnay from a good appellation, but it is a very enjoyable wine that felt perhaps like a “mini” Chardonnay. Somewhat lighter on the earthy elements and not as deep, but still mirroring all of the characteristics of white burgundy. If anything, it reassured me to add more Aligoté to our cellar! DM90.

DE: In einer Weinbar verkostet, daher keine detaillierten Notizen gemacht. In der Nase leichte Gewürze und Zitrusfrüchte. Dies setzt sich am Gaumen mit einer frischen Säure von Zitronen fort, gepaart mit Nüssen und einer steinigen Mineralität. Er hat nicht die Komplexität eines burgundischen Chardonnay aus einer guten Appellation, aber er ist ein sehr angenehmer Wein, der sich vielleicht wie ein “kleiner” Chardonnay anfühlt. Etwas weniger erdig und nicht so tief, aber immer noch mit allen Merkmalen eines weißen Burgunders. Dieser Wein hat mich darin bestärkt, mehr Aligoté für unseren Keller zu kaufen! DM90.

2020 Benoît Ente Bourgogne-Aligoté Antichtone