A Taste Of Burgundy March/April 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 Bourgogne haut-Cotes de Beaune Blanc, Jayer-Gilles
Gilles Jayer took over this domaine in 1998 from his father, Robert, who once toiled in the famous vineyards of Domaine Romanee-Conti. We were intrigued to discover that this wine is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay and a mutant white Pinot Noir. It seems back in the 1930’s, Cotes de Nuits grower Henri Gouges discovered that some of his old vine Pinot Noir had begun to produce white grapes. Cuttings from these albino Pinot Noir vines were then planted, and some made their way to the vineyards that would eventually wind up in the Jayer family’s possession. This white Pinot is similar to Pinot Blanc, yet it yields a stony mineral quality that complements the Chardonnay nicely. Half barrel and half tank fermented, the wine possesses depth and intensity when young, yet surprisingly maintains its freshness and vibrancy after medium term aging.

2006 Beaune premier cru Bressandes, Domaine Albert Morot
Considered by many to be the finest red wine estate in Beaune, the wines from Morot are true expressions of terroir. The 7 hectares (17 acres) of the finest vineyards around Beaune were purchased in the 1890’s. Before retiring and passing the domaine to her nephew, Geoffrey Choppin de Janvry, Francoise Choppin never compromised her philosophy or integrity when it came to winemaking. Geoffrey shares the same philosophy; and the wines, which were celebrated under Francoise’s watch, are surging in quality. The premier cru Bressandes vineyard sits hillside just above the commune of Beaune with full eastern exposure. The vines are very old. Yields are kept in check and the fruit is completely destalked. Purity, finesse, and complexity are the goals of this domaine. This 2006 Beaune Bressandes exhibits all these and then some. It can be enjoyed now (we recommend decanting), or it will take on further complexity if laid down 4 to 8 years. – Peter Zavialoff

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