We had a bottle of 2003 Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse, Vieilles Vignes (which means old vines, if you’re interested in that sort of thing) at the weekend.
There was a slight presentational screw up as the fancy ‘rabbit’ corkscrew device pushed the cork into the bottle, with a degree of style and grace. We served it in a pottery jug which worked out well to make the wine look like that served in a French neighbourhood restaurant. It also meant that people at the table wanted to try the ‘blind tasting guessing game’.
Unfortunately for the game, this wasn’t a tough challenge. If you wanted to give someone a glass of Chardonnay, this would be it. It was a rich, pure fruit blend of lemons, melons (which is an anagram of lemons, so they go together really well) and peach whizzed together.
It was good value at just under £7 from Berry Bros & Rudd’s Outlet store, a £3 saving on retail. I guess that was because it’s now ready to drink and approaching its peak. They are currently selling the 2006 for drinking in 2010.