A Taste of Burgundy December 2010


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2005 Savigny-les-Beane, Premier Cru Les Hauts Jarrons– Domaine Jean Guiton
Back in 1975, Jean Guiton was renting 2 hectares of vines to make his wines. From this humble beginning, the property of this domaine now exceeds 12 hectares over several appellations in the Côtes de Beaune. The average age of their vines is 60 years, as some were planted in 1929, the rest in 1971. Their winemaking facility was custom built and completed in 1999. As a side project, Guiton once tended vines in Savigny for the Hospices de Beaune. The Premier Cru Hauts Jarrons vineyard sits on clay/chalk soil facing due east. The torch has been passed to Jean’s young son, Guillaume who now makes the wines. 2005 was a highly celebrated vintage in Burgundy, the red wines showing plenty of structure, depth and layers of fruit. Hats off to Guillaume for crafting a high-toned wine full of finesse and elegance in this powerhouse vintage. Drink now through 2020.

2008 Meursault, Premier Cru Les Genevrières – Domaine Michel Bouzereau
The Bouzereau family is a large one, going back 10 generations in Meursault. Michel is a pretty well known member, having once been the President of the Bourgogne Growers Union. He established the domaine in Meursault and has passed his traditionalist style of winemaking on to his son Jean-Baptiste, who now makes the wines. Jean-Baptiste has recently opened a new facility smack dab in the middle of the village. 2008 was a spectacular vintage for White Burgundy, as the wines are marked with precise harmony of fruit, acidity and alcohol. As was his father’s style, Jean-Baptiste leaves the wine on its lees for 9 months, and keeps a judicious eye on any new barrel exposure. The Genevrières vineyard is located just south of the village, half way to Puligny-Montrachet. It is known for producing opulent, fleshy, lush and spicy wines, sometimes with hints of citrus, neither course nor heavy, full of grip and class. Drink now through 2020 also. – Peter Zavialoff

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