A Taste of Burgundy Sampler March – April 2008

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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!
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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.

Before we get excited about the potential greatness of 2008 vintage (don’t worry we haven’t heard either way), let’s step back pre-2005 frenzy to a vintage known for its classical qualities. 2004 in both red and whites are indeed archetypes of what we expect from Burgundy: minerality, freshness and acid cut, and an undeniable sense of the vineyard.

2004 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru “Clos Du Château,” Château de la Maltroye
This producer is well know for deep, rich white Burgundies from Chassagne Montrachet, but the reds fly under the radar and are outstanding values as a result. The Chassagne vineyards used to be planted predominantly to Pinot Noir, but a relatively recent (for Burgundy) Chardonnay planting trend has tipped the balance toward Chardonnay. Jean Pierre Cornut proves that outstanding 1er Cru reds can be drawn from these terroirs as long as the proper pruning and growing practices are applied. He farms for quality, risking significant financial loss by controlling yields at flowering. The result is evident in the wines, which are pure and multi-dimensional, and at the risk of overhyping, they are some of the best values going for 1er Cru red Burgundy. The Clos du Château is marked by bright, red fruit and dried herbs. The acidity energizes the aromatic qualities of the wine, focuses the flavors, and keeps the palate very much alive. The wine is approachable now, but will develop nicely over the next 5-8 years.

2004 Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Vergelesses”, Jean Boillot
Henri Boillot (son of Jean in charge of this domaine) makes rock-star white Burgundy, if you’ll excuse the technical term. From the vineyard to the bottle the quality is very high, and it has been said that less discerning vignerons have made wine from the grapes that Henri discards. While he is able to fetch healthy prices, if you look away from his most famous vineyards, you can find exciting wines for reasonable tariffs. That is the case with his 2004 Les Vergelesses which showcases the high quality of the domaine. Boillot’s 2004s are notable for their freshness and clarity coupled with depth and length. Without exception, every customer who “splurges” on these wines returns smiling and thoroughly impressed. This is a great way to study the house style as it is layered and polished, one of the classiest expressions of this vineyard we’ve seen. As the price of 1er Cru white Burgundy reaches for the heavens, this offers a great deal for a good deal less. The wine is entering its sweet spot of evolution where the time in bottle has softened it and developed more complex flavors. It’s ready to drink now, but will continue its evolution into the next decade.
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