A TASTE OF BURGUNDY MARCH/APRIL 2010


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2004 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets – Marc Morey
Established in the 1950’s, the Domaine Marc Morey lies right in the heart of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Morey constructed the original cellar directly beneath his family’s 100 year old home. Now run by daughter Marie-Jo and her husband Bernard Mollard, the Domaine has expanded twice and the vinification equipment has been modernized. Their holdings include 25 acres of Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. The Premier Cru Les Caillerets vineyard lies directly south of the village, and according to Allen Meadows of Burghound, is always the star of Morey’s Premier Crus. This 2004 is teeming with bright citrus notes on the nose, and delivers a full-on mineral attack to brace the fresh fruit and vibrant acidity on the palate. It is marked by a distinctive finish that is long and complex. Enjoy it now, or up to 5 years.

2007 Volnay Carelle sous la Chapelle – Paul Pernot
Burgundy aficionados know Paul Pernot through his distinctive white wines from Puligny-Montrachet amongst other sites. Pernot’s red wines represent a style of winemaking that one can refer to as “Old School”. He picks his fruit on the early side, sorts out any underripe grapes, and makes red wine that emphasizes elegance and drinkability in its youth. He doesn’t push the extraction because, “That’s not what we’re after.” The Carelle sous la Chapelle vineyard is just east of the village of Volnay on the other side of the road known as RN 73. Pernot considers 2007 to be a “Classic” Burgundian vintage, and this Volnay can be described as intense and focused while remaining elegant, and showing off the harvest’s bright fruit. Burghound’s comments on this wine: ” … pure red pinot fruit nose that introduces round, supple and accessible flavors that are definitely on the light side but delicious, all wrapped in a persistent and mouth coating finish.” This wine should reach its peak in 3-5 years, and last up to 10 more. Enjoy. – Peter Zavialoff

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