A Taste of Burgundy – April 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 7:06 PM

TOB-BANNERBasic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please notify us in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

 
 

 

2013 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Domaine Sylvain Langoureau

Having directed this 9 hectare domaine since 1989, Sylvain Langoureau now farms 100% organically. In an atypical vintage such as 2013, this could present some challenges, though Langoureau describes his 2013’s as, “completely classic with great energy and transparency.” He went on to say, “I like the style of the vintage quite a bit as it’s tighter and fresher if less generous than 2012.” This, of course, is great news for those of us who enjoy sleeker styled white Burgundy teeming with freshness. Saint-Aubin spreads out among the hillsides above and west of the Côte de Beaune’s cluster of Grands Crus vineyards. The Premier Cru En Remilly vineyard is adjacent to, and extends around the corner from Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet with direct western exposure. In Burgundy, it’s all about location, location, location, and rubbing elbows with such prestigious neighbors, Sylvain’s Saint-Aubin En Remilly is pure class in a modest package. This 2013 shows a degree of ripeness with a solid core of saline-like mineral. Drink now – 2025.

2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les SentiersDomaine Stéphane Magnien

Youthful Stéphane Magnien represents the fourth generation at the helm of this domaine which according toBurghound’s Allen Meadows, “comprises only 4.5 ha, but has some lovely appellations.” This Magnien domaine can trace its roots to 1897, though the cellars and family’s house are from 1789! Stéphane began assisting his father, Jean-Paul in 2002, and took over in 2008. He has old-school tendencies, as he is not a big fan of new oak barrels, using them sparingly to deftly add a touch of texture to his terroir driven wines. His 1er Cru Les Sentiers is his most expensive Premier Cru, as it lies just under the hallowed Bonnes MaresGrand Cru in Chambolle-Musigny. Again, the 2013 vintage had its challenges weather-wise, and production was very low. The good news is that the fruit that made it to harvest was of top-notch quality. This 2013 is rich in aromatic profile with lovely layers of fresh, dark berry fruit and the palate is structured harmoniously. It’s a serious wine whose proximity to Bonnes Mares is apparent. Drink 2020-2030. – Peter Zavialoff

 

 

Reg. $126.98

On Sale $89.98

After the striking, curvaceous 2009’s, now we have 2010, which to many observers are more classical, certainly more structured, and which have been ordained as great, greater even than 2009, by some critics. What fun it will be in 10 or 20 years to compare! Certainly we haven’t had such a super pair of back-to-back vintages in many years, and it’s rather nice that they’re complementary in style. The only downside to 2010 is the quantity. Yields were down significantly from ’09, so there’s less to go around than usual.



I (DN) have been tasting at Domaine Magnien over the last several years and am extremely pleased to now be able to offer these stunning wines to you.

These are red Burgundies of precision and purity. They’re NOT oaky, alcoholic, fruit bombs; they don’t overpower you in any way. They just seduce you with their dazzling beauty until you’re a quivering mess, incapable of rational thought, wanting only another taste, and then you just collapse in a blithering heap. Oh, sorry, I got sidetracked there.

Stephane Magnien works his vineyards in the traditional manner (though he is not certified organic), and he is not a fan of lots of new oak. Just a very small percentage of new barrels is all the seasoning he requires. How refreshing! The domaine dates back to 1897, and Stephane, now the fourth generation at the helm, has been working with his father Jean-Paul since 2002, and took over the reins with the 2008 vintage. Stephane has received plaudits from the French press, and just recently was the recipient of a very complimentary review from Allen Meadows in Burghound.

It’s such a treat to be able to offer wines from Morey St. Denis and Chambolle-Musigny, two tiny villages with only a small amount of wine to be had. You will have a great time working your way through these wines. They are absolutely delicious the moment they’re opened, and they continue to benefit from air; in fact when we opened several bottles the other day, just after their refrigerated voyage, all were even better on day two. The two villages wines have gorgeous character and represent tremendous value for the money. TheMorey “Aux petites Noix,” a blend of two 1er Cru vineyards, Les Greunchers and Clos Baulet, is a lovely, deeply scented pinot, just so elegant and long. Les Faconnières (from a parcel just a stone’s throw from the Grand Cru Clos de la Roche) and Mont Luisants show the breed that you expect from top 1er Cru vineyards.

We are thrilled to be able to offer these gorgeous wines to you, and it is especially fortuitous to be able to debut them in such a fine vintage. Oh, and I was able to pry away a few cases of Stephane’s 2009 Morey 1er Cru Faconnières. Taste the ’09 next to the ’10, and enjoy the pleasure of both superb vintages. Feel free to ask the staff for their own personal recommendations, but don’t be surprised to hear “We love them all!” – David Netzer

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