Eyrie Chardonnay 1970-2007 Vertical Tasting

1970 through 2007 vintages of Eyrie Chardonnay, ready to be opened

1970 through 2007 vintages of Eyrie Chardonnay, ready to be opened

Eyrie Vineyards hosted a tasting of 37 vintages of their Chardonnay last week- 1970 through 2007. It was unforgettable.  Jason Lett spent weeks updating Eyrie’s cellar. He tasted through over 1500 bottles of wine from 1970 through the 2000′s, removing the flawed bottles and recorking those still good. In some vintages, over 50% of the wine was off and had to be thrown away.

Jason’s careful preparation meant that there were virtually no flaws to be found in the 37 wines tasted. While some had fared better than others with time, most showed vibrant fruit and balance, and some of the wines were superb. Most of the wines from the 1970′s were lively, nuanced, classic, and unforgettable.

Jancis Robinson compared the Eyrie Chardonnays to white Burgundies, saying that white Burgundies might not have shown as well in a similar tasting. High praise, and well deserved.

Jancis is going to review the wines (I’ll post the link when it’s up). I’ll post links to other reviews here as well, as they are published.

Meanwhile, here’s some images from the event.

l to r : Jancis Robinson, Jason Lett, Diana Lett

l to r : Jancis Robinson, Jason Lett, Diana Lett

Oldest bottles - 1970, 71, 72 - Ready for opening

Oldest bottles - 1970, 71, 72 - Ready for opening

Jason Lett with his daughters at the event

Jason Lett with his daughters at the event

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson

Opening the 100+ bottles

Opening the 100+ bottles

Label from Eyrie's 1970 Chardonnay, tasted at the event

Label from Eyrie's 1970 Chardonnay, tasted at the event

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