Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos Saint Jean" 1997, Domaine Borgeot

This red Chassagne 1er Cru possessed a medium-red colour which was still fairly full although a little foxy around the edges. The bouquet was dominated by cherries, orange rind and red currants. Surprisingly few tertiary aromas given the 10 years since the harvest. On the palate the typical heavy Chassagne tannins came through yet the wine was still fresh and the balance was good. More of a food wine than something to sample alone -- excellent with juicy meats like slow-cooked lamb tagine or mallard duck with a cherry sauce. Good effort for the slightly iffy 1997 vintage (much better in white). The Horsley Dining Society (pictured) complemented the wine with splendid grilled meats and a tremendous summer pudding.

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