|A TASTE OF BURGUNDY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2008
A great way to learn about Burgundy and its wines, and (even better) the perfect way to get a discount on two high quality bottles. Sign up now! Click here to purchase the sampler.
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.
Our first Taste of Burgundy for 2008 starts the year strong. A top Cote du Nuits red from the 2005 vintage, and some young blood from Chablis make this a truly exciting sampler.
2005 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots,” Richard Maniere
Long time customers may remember the Burgundies of Domaine Manière-Noirot. We imported their wines from 1987 through the 1990 vintage, and they’re back on our map with the outstanding 2005 vintage. The domaine produced top flight 2005 Red Burgundies that just happen to be priced like they are 2004s. Therefore we are able to give you a top 1er Cru 2005 with the TOB while many 1er Crus from this vintage eclipse the price of the sampler! Richard is now in full control of the estate, thus the name change, and he has holdings in 1er Cru Nuits St. Georges, Vosne Romanee, and the Grand Cru Echezeaux. The Suchots vineyard is sandwiched between the Grand Crus of Romanée St. Vivant and Clos St Denis, and this wine is everything we want from this vineyard. It is highly aromatic, one of the great Pinot-perfume sites of the world. In the mouth, the fruit is dense, sweet-spiced and long. As delicious as it is, the wine will need at least 5 years to start to show signs of maturity. All reds from this vintage can use some time in the bottle, but this is especially true of the top tier wines which will develop considerably over time.
2006 Chablis 1er Cru ‘Côte de Lechet’, Isabelle et Denis Pommier
Sometimes a winemaker’s personality transfers directly into the wine. In general this seems to be the case with the ‘type A’s’ whose wine are so bawdy and forceful that they almost bowl you over. But what about the quiet unassuming winemakers like Denis Pommier? While you’ll never seem him dancing on tables or decked out in full body paint, his wines speak forward and confident. They are able to show both his elegant personality and a rich, tapestrial group of flavors. Denis produces rich, complex wines that show more and more as you sit and get to know them. The Côte de Lechet 1er Cru vineyard is on a steep, pebbly slope with a great exposure that makes for intense, mineral wines that age very well. Denis does some barrel fermentation for this wine, giving it more depth and roundness while retaining the Chablis verve and transparency. 2006 is a very good vintage for this the estate. This offering is approachable now and will improve in the bottle for 5 to 10 years. – Ben Jordan
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