A Taste Of Burgundy – June 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:30 AM

  A Taste Of Burgundy

 

June 2015

For those seeking savings on two bottles of Burgundy; whether you’re a beginner, and want to learn more about the region, or if you know a little and wish to learn more, or even if you’re an established Burg lover, our bi-monthly Taste of Burgundy club is for you! Sign up today.

Basic 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.

 


2012 Meursault Les Chevalières Domaine Xavier Monnot
Xavier Monnot continues the winemaking tradition for his family that has been producing wine in the Côte de Beaune since 1723. He took over his grandfather’s Domaine René Monnier in 1994 and continues to produce top quality, terroir-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His domaine is located in the village of Meursault, and the vineyards there are the core of his production. The Les Chevalières vineyard lies just west of the village, and has the reputation of yielding crisp, mineral-driven Chardonnay. 2012 was a challenging vintage all over Burgundy. Production was way down below average, but 10 generations of family know-how aided Monnot, and what little wine he made is of top quality. Made from vines whose average age is 45 years, Xavier’s 2012 Meursault Les Chevalières is alive with white stone fruit, citrus, and blossomy aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp with wonderful interplay between the white fruit, zippy acid, and mineral framework. It’s a wine that can be enjoyed now, or it can be cellared through 2022.


2012 Pommard Les Vaumuriens Domaine Gabriel Billard
Domaine Gabriel Billard. You don’t hear much about this domaine, and we have been told that they have never submitted samples to any well-known publication or critic. What we do know is that it belongs to the family of former longtime Drouhin oenologist Laurence Jobard who runs the domaine along with her sister Mireille, and their production is absurdly low. As previously reported, despite the tiny production, there are some who believe the quality of 2012 red Burgundy has the potential to outshine famous vintages such as 2010, 2009, or 2005. Pommard’s Les Vaumuriensvineyard lays just west of the village bodering Volnay on one side and Pommard’s most famous Cru, Les Rugiens, on the other. Laurence’s daughter, Claudie Jobard is the winemaker now and she produced just 2 barrels of 2012 Pommard Les Vaumuriens! That’s just 50 cases … for the world! It’s a high-toned Pinot Noir with excellent balance and structure. Considering its scarcity and quality, this off-the-beaten-path domaine should be on the radar of Burgundy lovers everywhere. Drink from 2018-2029. –Peter Zavialoff

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A TASTE OF BURGUNDY MARCH/APRIL 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012 9:11 PM


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Basic 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 specify “store pickup” or “ship it” 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.
2006 Puligny-Montrachet Domaine Xavier Monnot
Xavier Monnot is a relatively young man, but he is a vigneron with an old soul. His work in his vineyards, his choice of clones, his pruning techniques, de-budding, how he chooses to re-plant, and the very limited influence of new oak on his wines, all are examples of his commitment to the land and to the sincerityof his wines. Xavier likes to call it “the message of terroir”, as he is a firm believer in letting the vineyard do the talking. For his 2006 Puligny-Montrachet, Monnot sourced his fruit from 60 year old vines grown in the vicinity of the Premier CruRefertsvineyard. 2006 was a ripe vintage, and this wine shows opulent fruit aromas; yet on the palate it has a medium body with stony fruit buoyed by fresh acidity and a mineral verve. The finish is persistent, marked with depth and complexity. It is definitely a wine with fine pedigree that is ready to drink now or can be cellared another 4-8 years.
2009 Volnay “Carelle sous la Chapelle” Paul Pernot
Veteran Taste of Burgundy subscribers are beyond acquainted with Paul Pernot and his dazzling array of White Burgundies. We have received a multitude of requests for more of Pernot’s wines to be included in the sampler, but rules are rules. Well, here’s a tidbit of information you might like to hear: Mr. Pernot has some Pinot Noir holdings as well. If that’s not enough, we got our hands on some of Pernot’s single vineyard Volnay from the much lauded 2009 vintage! TheCarelle sous la Chapelle vineyard is Premier Cru, though a few rows of Pernot’s vines lie just outside the border. We reiterate that 2009 was an outstanding vintage for Red Burgundy. The wines are precociously expressive, have great weight, and, according to Pernot, “will age better than people presently think.” This Volnay is a perfect example of aromatic elegance. According to Burghound’s Allen Meadows: “pretty red berry fruit and mineral notes leading to supple, lacy and admirably pure light to medium weight flavors … picture perfect Volnay in character.” – Peter Zavialoff
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Xavier Monnot: 2006 Puligny Montrachet

Monday, November 15, 2010 7:42 PM

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, WINE HOUSE! An independent, retail wine store open for 33 years? Now that is something to celebrate. And celebrating we are with spectacular deals-n-steals. The 2006 Puligny Montrachet from Xavier Monnot tops my list of sensational bargains particularly for those who, like me, dream of drinking white BurgundyALL THE TIME. At only $39.95 (originally $70), getting your hands on world-class Chardonnay is no longer just a dream; it can be a reality.

So many reasons to love this wine…let’s begin with the producer:Xavier Monnot. We’ve been singing Monnot’s praises for a couple years now. His ability to coax rich fruit without camouflaging a sense of place is a real talent and a major reason why Monnot’s wines appeal to both those new to white Burgundy and those who have been longtime avid devotees. Our tag line for Monnot’s wines has been that his Puligny tastes like Puligny, his Meursault tastes like Meursault and so on.The grapes that go into Monnot’s Pulingy Montrachet come from 60-year old vines that according to my sources are either below Charmes or Les Referts. Regardless of the exact location, the age of the vines and its placement in Puligny Montrachet provides superior material for some powerhouse Chardonnay. The 2006 Puligny Montrachet is true to the vintage with a ripe, tropical fruit profile. That tropicality and ripeness is buoyed by a stealthily hidden streak of acid that keeps the wine alive and refreshing. A weighty mouthfeel and a persistent finish signals to your tastebuds that they are now entering another realm of Chardonnay goodness. With Dungeness Crab Season in full swing, I can’t help salivating just thinking about pairing this with succulent crab dipped in butter, or better yet, mayonnaise (did I just write that? No, I don’t do that!). At a recent staff tasting, we all agreed that Monnot’s 2006 Puligny Montrachet is the type of white Burgundy that can really go far into a meal; not just relegated to fish and shellfish, it would be outstanding with poultry, pork or veal.

It’s getting crazy at the store now (THE SALE IS ON!), so I better finish this up. But before I do, I have to mention two other tasty treats: 2006 and 2007 Batard Montrachet from Paul Pernot. Come on, treat yourself. The holidays are upon us and you owe it to yourself to try a Grand Cru at least once. I had the pleasure of trying these two wines side by side at our Holiday Staff Dinner this past January. And let me tell you, I think I can still taste them! The 2006 was opulent with lots of volume and power, whereas the 2007 was sleeker and more delineated, though not lacking in fruit. They are strong reflections of their vintage.Thank you to all who have made it possible for us to make it to the thirty-three year mark. As they say in Russian, Many Years Wine House! –Anya Balistreri

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A Taste Of Burgundy July/August 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010 7:03 PM


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Click here to receive the Taste of Burgundy Sampler automatically every other month.

Basic 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 specify “store pickup” or “ship it” 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.

2004 Chassagne-Montrachet, Premier Cru Morgeot Vigne Blanche– Chateau de la Maltroye
For Jean-Pierre Cornut, the 2004 vintage was like a blend of 2000 and 2002, both highly esteemed for White Burgundy. The former aeronautical engineer explained that the wines have the fruit of 2000, with the precision and balance of 2002: classic, elegant, and very pure. The Premier Cru Morgeot vineyard lies due south of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, ideally placed above the mineral-rich deposits of the Cotes du Beaune. The nose sings of rich, pure yellow fruit, a hint of herb garden, and vanilla spice from what Burghound calls stylish oak treatment. The palate is viscous, and of perfect weight and balance as all the components sing in harmony. There is a hint of nuttiness to wrap around the soft yellow/white fruit, braced by the ever-present zippy acidity, which is felt throughout the finish. This wine is showing its very best at this time, and we expect that to last for a few years.

2005 Beaune, Premier Cru Les Toussaints – Domaine Xavier Monnot
The ebullient Xavier Monnot is quite the character. His presence is youthful and light-hearted; but when it comes to his wines, it’s a whole ‘nother story. He is a hands-on kind of winemaker. He works in the vineyards, overseeing every facet of every vine he grows. His mission is to allow the terroir to present itself. This philosophy makes Xavier extremely cautious when it comes to the use of new oak. His wines are pure and speak of a place. His Premier Cru Toussaints vines are grown on a hilltop near another Premier Cru vineyard, Bressandes. Allen Meadows had this to say about this wine, “A relatively deeply pitched nose features ripe cranberry, raspberry and red currants with warm earth and a background hint of underbrush that is also reflected by the fresh, round and supple medium-bodied flavors that are very Beaune in style as there is a certain generosity to the mid-palate … exceptional length. I like the balance here and this could easily be enjoyed now or cellared for 2 to 5 years.” We heartily agree; enjoy!

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A TASTE OF BURGUNDY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:35 PM

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2006 Meursault – Les Chevalieres Xavier Monnot
When Xavier Monnot visited us a year ago, it would have been easy to take one look at the young man, and assume he may have fallen into the trap of making sexy, modern wines with gratuitous amounts of new oak and extracted fruit. Well, we would have been wrong to assume that. Monnot’s holdings extend for much of the length of the Cotes du Beaune, and judging from the wine he makes, he is true to his respective terroirs. Xavier’s Meursaults are particularly distinctive, and his Les Chevalieres is one of our favorites. The well defined mineral seems to weave itself through subtle notes of honey, peaches, pears, and apricots leaving a refreshing balance of fruit, spice, mineral, and acidity on the finish. This wine is quite quaffable now, but will pick up added complexity with a couple of years in the cellar. Perfect for the waning days of crab season.

2006 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru Clos du Chateau – Chateau de la Maltroye
The meticulous Jean-Pierre Cornut is insistent on proper vineyard management. His pruning practices can be somewhat unusual, as he controls his yields beginning at the time of flowering. Of his red Chassagne-Montrachets, his Premier Cru Clos du Chateau is his most complex, structured wine. The 2006 isteeming with deep, dark red and purple fruit on the nose that is joined by a deep, earthy richness which binds the fruit to the velvety mouthfeel of the wine. The finish is rich and deep, with more dark fruit, spice, pepper, and earth. It is a bigger styled wine that should begin to soften up in 3-5 years, and then drink well for another 5-10. If you’ve been a member of our Taste of Burgundy Club for a couple of years, you very well may find the 2004 version of this wine in your cellar, therefore combining with this one to make for a mini-vertical! – Peter Zavialoff

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