2008 Pouilly-Fuisse, “Les Perrieres” Domaine J.A. Ferret
Some of the finest real estate in Pouilly Fuisse is that of Domaine J.A. Ferret. Their single vineyard designated Chardonnays enjoy a reputation of possessing the utmost quality, not to mention an uncanny ability to age. The domaine dates back, at least, to the early 19th century, with some reports suggesting even earlier. Burgundy powerhouse Maison Louis Jadot has recently purchased the domaine, yet will continue producing the wine sourced from these famed vineyards under the J.A. Ferret name. The 2008 vintage for White Burgundy is yet another great one in what is now a string of 5 consecutive successful vintages. The signatures of this successful vintage are the balance, purity, and weight of these wines. The 2008 “Les Perrieres” is all about that with fine expression of the mineral drive from its esteemed terroir. It is certainly drinkable at this stage, though it will gain in complexity over the next 10 years.
2006 Gevrey-Chambertin – Serafin Pere et Fils
Polish immigrant Stanislaus Serafin founded this domaine in 1947. He garnered a lot of attention quickly as the wines he produced were known for their richness and spiciness. Things haven’t changed much with second-generation owner Christian Serafin. Yields are kept well below the maximum allowable limit and the vineyards are all farmed organically. The Serafin wines have a large following of devotees who relish the strength, yet appreciate the elegance of these wines. The 2006 vintage was, as Christian says, “a vintage of the vigneron”. As he felt he had to be in the vineyard every day of the growing season. The grapes were very strictly selected via the sorting table, resulting in a classic Gevrey-Chambertin with earthy, red Pinot Noir fruit and the signature meaty animale. Serafin’s 2006 is all that and readily accessible today, yet will take on secondary complexity as it ages over the next 12 years. Serve it up with a hearty lamb stew and you’ll be in business. – Peter Zavialoff