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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