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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Performance Riesling and RIEDEL Performance Pinot Noir
I have tasted the following wine in this Video:
2018 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Le Clos du Roy
1937 Colcombet Frères Bourgogne Reserve Privée
The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 – 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 – 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 – 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 – 69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 – 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
Today I will do some detective work to find out what the story behind this wine is and of course, I am going to taste this 85-year-old wine in this video. Before I jump into the video: If you are new to this channel and want to learn more about wine do subscribe! But now let’s learn more about this bottle. As you can see the label of the bottle is pretty much gone, but the bottle itself still gives off some valuable clues. Different wine regions have different bottle shapes. Bordeaux uses bottles that have shoulders and in Germany, many wines are bottled in Schlegel bottles that are thin and long.
This bottle shape is commonly associated with Burgundy. It is today used all around the world, often for wines from the Burgundy varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. So, you cannot be sure that it is from Burgundy just because of the shape of the bottle but it points me in that direction. The glass also looks like it is old. New bottles are usually much smoother and more even than this. In old wines, it is quite important to check out the levels. Old wines always have a lower level as the liquid is sucked into the cork and evaporates from the bottle. This increases the risk of oxidation and this level is lower than I would like it to be. On the other hand, it is pretty common that older wines have a lower level and a lower level does not mean that the wine is no longer good.
Fortunately, there is quite a bit of information on the vintage and I had a look at the website of the auction house Christie’s, which also has a very knowledgeable wine department. 1937 is rated Outstanding for red wines: Firm and full of flavor. At first underrated, now considered one of the great vintages of that period. Wines that were built to last and if well-aged in cool cellars are still great. So we are off to a very good start. But what is also important here is the name of the producer which seems to be Colcombet … But I have never heard of them so I need to do a little research…
It is not that easy to find information on the winery as it does not exist anymore but I dove deep into the web and found out that Colcombet Freres was first started in Mercurey in the south of Burgundy by a wealthy textile producer and was then taken over by his sons, who seem to have moved the house to Nuits Saint George in the North. “The Colcombet Frères house was to present itself in the 1920s as the largest owners of vineyards and wine producers in Burgundy.” For some reason, the winery was sold to the famous Faiveley winery in 1963.