Burgundy is hot. It’s en fuego. So hot, it’s becoming a better investment than classified Bordeaux. The Sideways phenomenon helped turned American wine drinkers into Pinot Noir lovers, and recent good vintages have kept the train rolling.
My tasting group worked its way through a bunch of wines the other night. Two German Rieslings got everyone ready – crackling, live-wire wines from the tremendous ’01 vintage: • 2001 Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Sonnenuhr • 2001 Joh.
White varieties, along with early ripening reds such as Merlot, are all mostly picked. But Chilean vintners are in a holding pattern right now with their harvest running late for Cabernet Sauvignon (the country's lead varietal), most of which is still hanging on the vine.
My friends went to dinner the other night and ordered the ’99 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the sommelier. The sommelier then presented a bottle of ’00 without noting the difference in vintage.
A few items from my beats… • At Matetic , which has been impressive in its first few years, another young winemaker is taking over. Paula Cardenas, 33, will be replacing Rodrigo Soto when the harvest finishes up.
Patrick Valette has recently been hired to consult with Chile’s Viña Santa Rita. Valette, whose family once owned Château Pavie in St.-Emilion, now lives in Chile and is consulting for a number of wineries, including Viña Quebrada de Macul, TerraMater, Viñedos J.
There are many winemakers who run their domaines and work their vineyards personally, handcrafting their wines. They are driven by one tenet – to produce the highest quality wine they can. Typically these winemakers do not have the spare time needed to work the marketplace.
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