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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.

2006 Meursault – Les Chevalieres Xavier Monnot
When Xavier Monnot visited us a year ago, it would have been easy to take one look at the young man, and assume he may have fallen into the trap of making sexy, modern wines with gratuitous amounts of new oak and extracted fruit. Well, we would have been wrong to assume that. Monnot’s holdings extend for much of the length of the Cotes du Beaune, and judging from the wine he makes, he is true to his respective terroirs. Xavier’s Meursaults are particularly distinctive, and his Les Chevalieres is one of our favorites. The well defined mineral seems to weave itself through subtle notes of honey, peaches, pears, and apricots leaving a refreshing balance of fruit, spice, mineral, and acidity on the finish. This wine is quite quaffable now, but will pick up added complexity with a couple of years in the cellar. Perfect for the waning days of crab season.

2006 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru Clos du Chateau – Chateau de la Maltroye
The meticulous Jean-Pierre Cornut is insistent on proper vineyard management. His pruning practices can be somewhat unusual, as he controls his yields beginning at the time of flowering. Of his red Chassagne-Montrachets, his Premier Cru Clos du Chateau is his most complex, structured wine. The 2006 is teeming with deep, dark red and purple fruit on the nose that is joined by a deep, earthy richness which binds the fruit to the velvety mouthfeel of the wine. The finish is rich and deep, with more dark fruit, spice, pepper, and earth. It is a bigger styled wine that should begin to soften up in 3-5 years, and then drink well for another 5-10. If you’ve been a member of our Taste of Burgundy Club for a couple of years, you very well may find the 2004 version of this wine in your cellar, therefore combining with this one to make for a mini-vertical! – Peter Zavialoff


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