A Taste of Burgundy – January/February 2009

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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.

2005 Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Clos du Village – Domaine Rapet
The Rapet domaine, now under the supervision of second-generation Vincent and Sylvette, makes classically styled wines in the strikingly beautiful environs of the famous hill of Corton and its lush forest. Known especially for whites, the Rapets ferment their various Chardonnays in wood, of which typically no more than 30% is new. The premier cru Pernand Vergelesses Clos du Village bottling is treated to extensive lees stirring until the July following the vintage, to lend richness and texture without allowing any sense of heaviness. With the ripe, yet clean fruit of the classic 2005 vintage, this expresses both richly creamy, luxurious white Burgundy character and crystal clear minerality. The combination of weight and succulence is impressive, perfectly demonstrating the counterpoint of lusciousness and rockiness of fine white Burgundy.

2006 Nuits St. Georges Cuvee Vieilles Vignes – Bertrand Ambroise
Ambroise is known for bold, robust, deeply extracted red wines made in a dramatic style that admirably express the beefy side of the Cote de Nuits. Part of this concentration is thanks to yields that are typically 10% – 30% lower than required, and these small crops deliver not only rich fruit, but good mineral grip and terroir expression. Vintage 2006 was particularly successful in the Cote de Nuits, and the lovely perfume typical of nearly all reds from the vintage, along with a touch of suavity on the midpalate lend the wine a welcome degree of finesse to accompany its otherwise brawny personality. One dare recommend that one drink Ambroise’s 2006 Nuits Vieilles Vignes while waiting for the formidable tannins of the 2005 to integrate. But don’t hesitate to squirrel away some 2006 to track its evolution – those lovely fragrances of ripe plums and flowers will no doubt develop even more complexity, and as the tannins unwind, an opulent, silky texture should emerge.

Patrick Mitten


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