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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.
2010 Meursault Domaine Pernot Belicard
Taste of Burgundy regulars need no introduction to the name Pernot, as we have represented Paul Pernot’s stunning White Burgundies for many years. When Paul’s grandson Philippe married the daughter of a grower in Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Pernot Belicard was born. The estate totals 6 hectares, with vines in both Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. In addition to running his own estate, Philippe still works part time with his grandpère, extracting every bit of knowledge possible from the legendary elder of Puligny. His 2010 Meursault comes from the single vineyard Les Pelles Dessus which is just beneath the 1er Cru Les Gouttes d’Or. The vines are 65 years old and production is extremely limited. In 2010, there were only 3 barrels of Meursault produced! It is quintessential Meursault, with that classic grilled almond/sweet lees aroma, and a gorgeous mineral presence throughout. This 2010 is ready to drink now, or it can be cellared for up to 5 years.
2010 Volnay Premier Cru “Les Aussy” Domaine Michel Bouzereau
We are so proud to be importing the head turning wines from Domaine Michel Bouzereau. This is the 2nd vintage of winemaker Jean-Baptiste’s Premier Cru Les Aussy Volnay we have imported, and just like its 2009 counterpart, it’s a big hit. The 2010 vintage was an excellent one for the red wines of Burgundy, especially for the reds from the Côte de Beaune. In general terms, the red wines are marked by a harmonious balance of expressive fruit, lively acidity, and fine tannins. The Les Aussy vineyard lies just southwest of the village, and Bouzereau’s vines are all within the Premier Cru part of the vineyard. Again Jean-Baptiste has woven a tapestry of aromatic excellence with dark, dense purple berries, earthy minerals, and a hint of incense wafting from the glass. On the palate, the wine is fuller bodied than last year. The acidity is fresh and lively, the tannins run deep, yet are barely noticeable, and the finish is dense and long. A little age will do this wine some good, we suggest 4-6 years. – Peter Zavialoff