Jan Godderis (below) is a generous man. On Friday evening he treated us to a taste of European wines from his cellar at Muratie. The best white was a Coche-Dury Puligny Montrachet 2006 and the best red, a Clos des Papes Chateauneuf 2005. The Egly-Ouriet 2002 bubbly had spent 108 months in oak before it was disgourged and the Sandeman Vau Vintage 1997 was the oldest wine. From Bordeaux came a Pape Clement 2002 and a Pichon-Longueville 2001 Baron which was not a patch on the Pichon-Longueville 1995 Comtesse Madame May de Lencquesaing brought along to lunch at De Morgenzon earlier in the day.
May had explained that the Comtesse was a more feminine wine than the Baron on account of extra Merlot and less Cabernet Sauvignon and tasting these two wines, she is not wrong. In fact the Baron was downright hard and a tad on the green side of ripeness while the Comtesse was a consummate courtesan with an alluring veil of enticing flavours and half forgotten memories. A Madame Butterfly of a blend. Superb.
However the wine of the day was the Coche-Dury with explosive acidity. Wynand Grobler, the gifted young winemaker at Rickety Bridge, suggested an Eikendal Chardonnay as the closest thing the Cape comes to the Coche. We shall see.