2005 Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Marquis de Jouennes, Burgundy, France

A couple of weekends ago, the neighbors invited The Rib and me over for dinner; upon learning the menu, I immediately decanted this bottle of Burgundy (Pinot Noir).  It was an excellent choice.  The Chateau de Chamirey had about two hours in the decanter before dinner.

On the nose, I got some big dark fruit, spice, and a slight cream.  The dark fruit I got on the nose of the Chateau de Chamirey came across as a really nice Bing cherry on the palate.  There was also an excellent wood on the palate that hit me more as cedar than oak.  Along with the subtle spice, the slight cream I picked up on the nose served to add some depth rather than big, creamy notes on the palate.  The tannins on this wine were well-structured and super smooth (once again, smoother than the Elvis on the velvet).

The Chateau de Chamirey paired brilliantly with the grilled pork loin (which was also excellent) the neighbors served for dinner.  This wine will put a $35 dent in the wallet, but is more than worth it.  I picked this [single] bottle up in October 2009, so I hope I can get my hands on another couple of bottles.  The Chateau de Chamirey is just reaching the earliest stages of its drinking window and easily has another five years or more in it if cellared properly.  Definitely pick up a bottle a bottle or two if you can find them.

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