Sunday, April 20, 2014

2005 Pommard

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.
Latin saying
This 2005 Pommard from Bouchard Pere & Fils hit on all five of the above reasons.  Deep and rich aromas of ripe fruit and earth literally flew out of the glass when the wine was first poured.  This was a wine one could smell from halfway across the room.  With a little swirling there were spices that joined the mix. 

This was a wine that played with the palate.  The depth of the fruit made one think the wine would be sweet, but the damp earth flavors and tannin kept the fruit in check.  It sat on the proverbial edge between sweet and savory and never went far to either side.  Add in length and depth and it was a remarkable wine.  It also has a good number of years of life ahead of it.  

Dinner was two lamb chops with rosemary, thyme and Dijon mustard with potatoes sauteed in duck fat to keep the chops company.     A perfect tribute to spring.

2005 Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard.  13.5% alcohol and $60.

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