A Boy's First Burgundy (billy)
Tonight I decided to open a bottle of Bouchard Aine & Fils Pommard 1998. ($40.99)
I am not an expert Burgundy connoisseur so my tasing notes may be a bit novice.
Eyes: clear and inviting dark cherry red. Tending to a bit muted and tan in the rounded bottom wine glass.
Nose: raisins, cherries, plumb, and oak. Hints of spice and anise come out after a while. The bouquet starts intense and rounds out pleasantly.
Palate: Round and balanced fine tannins that are not overpowering. Some pleasing fruit but not too strong.
Finish: slight citrus like acids on the finish coupled with an oaky vanilla that is pleasing.
Pommards, according to this website are not known for their subtlety . However, this 1998 is pleasingly round. It lacks the velvety character of some other vintages and Burgundy regions, but that, to the mind of this taster, does not detract from the overall experience.
The wine has a lot incommon with a Beaujolais but with more poise and character though with less fruit. This is a heady wine fit for couplings with a pipe and philosophy discussion. I'll raise a glass to that.