A Taste Of Burgundy – October 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:30 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.

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2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Chateâu, Château de la Maltroye

The 2014 vintage for Burgundy’s white wines is already receiving praise for perhaps being the finest white vintage since 2008 (If not better!). The ingredients were all there; a mild winter and the right amount of rainfall in early March got things going. The remainder of spring stayed dry. A cool, damp summer gave the fruit healthy acidity levels, an Indian summer finished things off, balancing the acidity with fine ripeness. Former aeronautical engineer-turned-winemaker, Jean-Pierre Cornut has already enjoyed a fine reputation over the past decade, but it was Burghound’s Allen Meadows who had this to say after tasting his bottled 2014’s, “I would observe that Cornut continues to push his wine quality even higher, and these 2014’s are definitely worthy of your attention.” We agree wholeheartedly. This signature Clos du Château blanc has fine aromas of citrus and stone fruit, mineral, and spice. The palate feel is bright, with layers of balancing fruit and a clean finish. Give this a little time to let it shine: Drink from 2018-2028.

2014 Marsannay Les Champs Salomon, Domaine Bart

According to Clive Coates MW, in September 2014, “The sun has shone almost without exception throughout the month.” This was especially important for the Pinot Noir that had endured the cool summer. When the month began, the fruit needed to ripen and as Coates puts it, “It is sunshine rather than heat which ripens fruit.” He went on to say, “We have not had such splendid harvest weather for many years. This will ensure high quality across the board.” Pierre Bart feels that his 2014’s are ripe and structured, with a tender, round texture suggesting they will be approachable young. There’s plenty to like about the 2014 Bart Marsannay Les Champs Salomon. The aromas are fresh and complex: dark berry fruit, herbs, minerals, and allspice. On the palate, the wine is silky with good mineral definition framing the complex, medium-bodied fruit. The finish is a well balanced display of fruit, mineral and spice, with the fresh acidity keeping it interesting. It’s enjoyable now, but little cellar time will benefit this wine. We suggest drinking from 2018-2029. – Peter Zavialoff

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

 

 

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A Taste Of Burgundy – February 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:38 PM

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2014 Puligny-Montrachet
1er Cru Chalumaux
Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils

2014 White Burgundy. In a word, the wines are sensational! The vintage had its challenges, there was millerandage, and some hail hit the Côtes de Beaune, yet the harvested fruit was superb. In general terms, the wines are pure, lively, elegant, and harmonious. TOB subscribers need little introduction to Paul Pernot. He continues to crank out the quality from his various Puligny-Montrachet vineyards. His vines in Premier Cru Chalumaux are 61 years old, and the complexity derived from such old vines is evident. The aromas are fresh and pure: apples, lemon custard, and vanilla with an underlying stony mineral core. The palate is zippy and fresh with a sleek, mineral-driven mouth feel. Its finish is complex and persistent. Similar to Pernot’s Premier Cru Champ Canet, the Chalumaux exhibits all the charm, albeit with a tad more nerve. All in all, it’s a great wine from a great vintage made by a great producer. That’s a win-win-win! It can be drunk in the near term (decanting recommended), or should hit its peak from 2018-2028.

 
2013 Auxey-Duresses
1er Cru Les Duresses
Domaine Lafouge

The father and son team of Jean and Gilles Lafouge represent the 4th and 5th generations to run this 9 ha domaine which can trace its roots back to 1850. They farm sustainably and neither fine nor filter their red wines. The 2013 vintage for red Burgundy started out a bit rough with cold and damp conditions. There was hail in places, so again production was lower than the norm. Conditions greatly improved in July and August trimming one week from the projected three week delay to harvest. After some serious sorting, what was left was of fine quality. There just wasn’t much wine. For their Premier Cru Les Duresses, the Lafouges only made 7 barrels in 2013, two being new. That’s 175 cases for the world. It is impressive. Made from 100% de-stemmed fruit, its nose is full of berry fruit with a hint of earth and Old World charm. The palate has a degree of intensity with structure and length. The finish is balanced and complex with the soft tannins gently caressing the palate. Charming now, this will be best from 2019-2030. –Peter Zavialoff

A Taste Of Burgundy – June 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:30 AM

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June 2015

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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 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010 4:03 PM



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2004 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets – Marc Morey

Established in the 1950’s, the Domaine Marc Morey lies right in the heart of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Morey constructed the original cellar directly beneath his family’s 100 year old home. Now run by daughter Marie-Jo and her husband Bernard Mollard, the Domaine has expanded twice and the vinification equipment has been modernized. Their holdings include 25 acres of Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. The Premier Cru Les Cailleretsvineyard lies directly south of the village, and according to Allen Meadows of Burghound, is always the star of Morey’s Premier Crus. This 2004 is teeming with bright citrus notes on the nose, and delivers a full-on mineral attack to brace the fresh fruit and vibrant acidity on the palate. It is marked by a distinctive finish that is long and complex. Enjoy it now, or up to 5 years.

2007 Volnay Carelle sous la Chapelle – Paul Pernot

Burgundy aficionados know Paul Pernot through his distinctive white wines from Puligny-Montrachet amongst other sites. Pernot’s red wines represent a style of winemaking that one can refer to as “Old School”. He picks his fruit on the early side, sorts out any underripe grapes, and makes red wine that emphasizes elegance and drinkability in its youth. He doesn’t push the extraction because, “That’s not what we’re after.” The Carelle sous la Chapelle vineyard is just east of the village of Volnay on the other side of the road known as RN 73. Pernot considers 2007 to be a “Classic” Burgundian vintage, and this Volnay can be described as intense and focused while remaining elegant, and showing off the harvest’s bright fruit. Burghound’s comments on this wine: ” … pure red pinot fruit nose that introduces round, supple and accessible flavors that are definitely on the light side but delicious, all wrapped in a persistent and mouth coating finish.” This wine should reach its peak in 3-5 years, and last up to 10 more. Enjoy. – Peter Zavialoff

A TASTE OF BURGUNDY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 5:58 PM

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2004 Pouilly Fuisse “Vieilles Vignes” – Domaine Cordier

Christophe Cordier is one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy. His bold winemaking style has produced Chardonnay that has been known to rival more famous white wines from the Côte du Beaune. His domaine is located right in the heart of Fuissé and he only uses fruit from the finest terroirs or sites. Christophe feels that his 2004’s reflect an excellent vintage. It was a big vintage with generous yields, though in some sites, yields were decreased by 50% through green harvesting. His vines were affected by millerandage, which is a condition that occurs due to cooler temperatures when the fruit is flowering, producing bunches containing uneven sized fruit. Christophe says that this gave the wine more concentration than you would initially think given the yields. This wine shows vanilla-like spice and has a round mouthfeel. This wine is drinking great now!

2006 Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Aux Thorey – Domaine Chauvenet-Chopin

This domaine was established when Hubert Chauvenet married Daniel Chopin’s (of highly esteemed Chopin-Groffier) daughter, and the families merged their holdings. In 1996, Chopin handed the reins over to his son-in-law, and Hubert has been tending the vines ever since. It is the village of Nuits-St.-Georges that gives its name to the Côte de Nuits. The village literally sits in a gap in the Côte, with vineyards spreading south toward the Côte de Beaune, and in the north towards Vosne Romanee. It is on this north slope where one finds the “Aux Thorey” premier cru vineyard. The wines have a reputation for being intense yet elegant. Notes of cherries, blackcurrants, and truffles are usually detectable in these fragrant wines. Chauvenet destems almost all of his fruit, and his use of new oak is limited, producing elegant, old school, Pinot Noir. It is drinkable now, but will gain in character with medium term cellaring. – Peter Zavialoff

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A TASTE OF BURGUNDY JULY/AUGUST 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009 4:15 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.

2004 Ladoix – Bertrand Ambroise premier cru les Grechons
This Domaine was established in the late 18th century in the village of Primeau-Prissy, just south of Nuits Saint-Georges. Bertrand believes in substantial green harvesting, limiting yields by up to 30% of what is allowed. He also employs severe sorting to assure that nothing short of perfectly ripe fruit makes it into his wine. Ladoix is the northernmost village of the Cotes du Beaune and the Grechons vineyards lie at similar elevation on the other side of the Bois de Corton from the legendary Corton Charlemagne vineyards. Aromatically, there is fleshy, yellow stone fruit and spicecake; on the palate, the wine is expressive and focused, with vibrant acidity keeping the mouth-coating round fruit in line. That acidity should allow this wine to continue to drink at its peak for several years, though it is fine to drink at present. It will suit lighter fare such as shellfish, whitefish, or poultry.

2006 Gevrey-Chambertin Domaine Claude Dugat
One of the top producers in all of Burgundy, Claude Dugat’s reputation precedes itself. He has a worldwide following and his wines are in high demand. We are very happy to offer this rare chance to include one of Claude’s wines as part of our Taste of Burgundy. He farms organically and only fertilizes once every four years, therefore stressing the vines into producing low yields of high quality fruit. Gevrey-Chambertain is a well known appellation located in the northern part of the Cotes du Nuits, above Morey St. Denis. Dugat’s 2006 Gevrey has a beautiful perfume (a hallmark of the vintage) and shows deep, dark fruit, earth, and fine balance. The early revelation of this balance indicates that this wine will be splendid after medium term aging, though it could certainly last longer. Anything that comes from Domaine Claude Dugat is a very special wine. – Peter Zavialoff

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