Nuits-Saint-Georges 1995, Joseph Drouhin
I am open-minded about every wine before tasting but I confess that a string of uninteresting wines from the big Burgundy negoçiants has put me on edge when confronted by their labels. This Nuits-Saint-Georges should have been a benchmark wine, spicy, gamey with plum fruit and plenty of backbone. Instead it was dried out without much to offer on the nose and a "brown suede shoe" impression on the palate. We had three bottles so this could not be blamed on bottle variation -- a handy excuse trotted out by Parisian sommeliers for centuries. In fact this Joseph Drouhin wine was so unimpressive that the two dozen blind tasters at the dinner switched to claret.... of all things. Shame they didn't have any Domaine Drouhin wines from Oregon which were excellent when we tasted there back in October 2005.