May 1, 2012
My May Day horse parade odes not to the Gaelic Beltrane nor to the German Walpurgis. No International Worker’s Day march, raucous celebration or Neopagan revelry. My May Day includes a mayday call, a Burgundian venez m’aider if you will, to a blessed Beaune.
A friend of mine, here referred to as the “quote machine,” said “I don’t go beneath Volnay.” So, this tasting note’s for you QM. This Beaune spoke well alongside the aforementioned Pasta Asciuta. Second half of the bottle should be stellar alongside French Toast Hamburger Sliders.
Domaine Vincent Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières 2009 (940825, $38.95) ventures out on a four-beated gait. Muted Cinnamon, sweet Hyssop aromas and to taste, candied sugar cane beets. Then a two-beated trot where sweet raspberry gets inside the muzzle and ambles on the buds. Canters, picks up speed and flurries into an all out elegant red fruit gallop of pure Pinot joy. A whispering, celestial horse. Currently lean in body but I can see it adding weight and flesh over ten years. Will pay regular visits at the retirement farm. 91
Good to go!