My Game Night Beer is Meursault!

15 Sep

Finally I have a Sunday night off to watch football!  While my brethren choose their game night beer, I’ve been hoarding a bottle I can’t wait to open.

 

 

En Truffière 2014 Meursault, Grand Vin du Bourgogne, Burgundy, France. 13%ABV, Unknown SRP (gift bottle).

Color is a translucent  pale gold. The nose offers wysteria and orange blossom, white pear, apple, lemon rind, and toasted oak. On the palate, a beautiful lemon-lime citrus with apple and a hint of lychee, firm acidity on the front palate, a swath of light heat across the mid palate, followed by tertiary notes of sodium, marl and limestone finish- simply delightful. 

 

Copyright by Jim van Bergen, JvB UnCorked 2019.  May Not Be Duplicated Without Permission.

Copyright by Jim van Bergen, JvB UnCorked 2019.
May Not Be Duplicated Without Permission.

 

 

This bottle was a gift from a co-worker. We’re opening a new venue this year, putting on some crazy shows and working long hours. The entertainment business is often creating illusions, making minor miracles, and then acting like it’s all in a day’s work- because it is. When an associate brings you a gift with such great thought, it becomes a very dear gift. The white burgs in my cellar I consider off-limits unless it’s a special occasion- but once I finally found a night in which I could enjoy this, all bets were off. I am glad I did, because my goodness, does this wine deliver! 

 

 

For “Game Night” I paired this with football fare: a cheese quesadilla, spicy olive mix with hot peppers,  a spinach and feta cheese boureka (phyllo dough triangles popular in Greek, Turkish, and Russian cuisine) and then finally, a chicken breast. Score, score, score! 

Most football food is secondary to the star, aka The Game. But instead of the game, the star here is the Meursault. The perfect balance of barrel and brine, this is why I geek out so much over Bourgogne’s chardonnay. So nicely balanced, the wine exhibits elegance and delicacy across the palate.

I hope you have a business associate who tracks down wines from a region you enjoy. Everyone deserves a night like this for your version of game night.

I wish you fabulous bottles with friends who appreciate you. #Cheers, and please click below and share with us!  What’s In Your Glass? I always want to know!

Copyright by Jim van Bergen, JvB UnCorked 2019.
May Not Be Duplicated Without Permission.

 

à votre santé!

 

 

 

2 Responses to “My Game Night Beer is Meursault!”

  1. foodwineclick September 18, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    I love the way you roll, Jim! My wife has always been ambivalent towards all incarnations of Chardonnay. On our recent trip to visit our son, we spent quite a bit of time in Meursault including a hike above and through the vineyards. Voila! A new Meursault fan was born!

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    • jimvanbergen September 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Jeff! Thanks for your note! It’s funny, it’s quite easy to get turned off by whatever initial (often a lesser-quality version) of a grape they taste- be it Chardonnay, Cabernet, etc. I was like this with Chianti, having tasted cheap wine after cheap wine at Italian dinners when I was younger. But find a well-made version of that wine? What a change of opinion! I certainly adore a Chianti Classico or Riserva, but I am terrified of cheap bottles. And so I can see this with white wine, and certainly chardonnay. This is why I adore Chablis, Bourgogne, Meursault, Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet- need I go on?
      OH what expression, what mineral, terroir-driven and focused depth!!
      Cheers to you and your spouse, and wish you the best!

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