A TASTE OF BURGUNDY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011


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2010 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Paul Pernot
Finishing the year off in similar fashion to the way we started it, we surmised that the latest installment of Monsieur Pernot’s Puligny-Montrachet would be welcomed with smiles from our Taste of Burgundy subscribers. The 2010 vintage in White Burgundy was cooler than average, which is good news for those of us who appreciate fresh, lively Chardonnay. The cool weather gave the grapes zippy acidity and substantial structure. Pernot vinifies in steel tank, but the élevage occurs in barrel, of which only 5% is new. This 2010 is classic Puligny with notes of citrus blossom and pears on the aromatics. On the palate, it is fresh and complex, generously showing its minerality. It has great weight and balance throughout the crisp and complex finish. The structure suggests the wine is capable of aging for up to 8 years, though it’s showing very well at the present. Drink now-2019.

2009 Volnay 1er Cru “Les Aussy”, Michel Bouzereau et Fils
World renowned Burgundy expert Clive Coates called Domaine Michel Bouzereau “a domaine to watch”, and we couldn’t agree more. Everything we have tasted that sports the Bouzereau label is a special wine. Now run by Michel’s son, Jean-Baptiste, the domaine sits smack in the middle of the village of Meursault. Their holdings extend beyond the village to Pommard and Volnay. The Les Aussy vineyard is east of the village and all of Bouzereau’s holdings are in the Premier Cru part of the vineyard. 2009 was an overachiever of a vintage for Red Burgundy, the fruit dense and ripe with excellent structure. This Volnay Les Aussy is an aromatic masterpiece. Aromas of brambly berries, incense, cola, and earth jump out of the glass after a swirl. Easy on the palate, it’s layered, balanced, and well structured. For a young Red Burgundy, it’s everything you’re looking for. Experience tells us that a wine like this would benefit from medium-term cellaring, but it’s so delicious already that it’s tough to lay off. Drink now-2021. – Peter Zavialoff

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