Day 11, June 13: I left Nuits-St.-Georges early Tuesday morning for Chablis. There, I visited Wm. Fèvre. A domaine with one of the largest holdings in grands crus Chablis, it was purchased by Joseph Henriot in 1998.
I’m back in New York now and a few days behind in my postings, but that’s what traveling does to one’s schedule. I arrived in Paris Tuesday and planned to meet some friends in the center of the city; however, the RER train from Charles de Gaulle to the city wasn’t running.
Day 9, June 11: Sunday I had one appointment, but it encompassed two domaines and one négociant operation. Etienne de Montille runs both his family domaine, De Montille , and manages the Château de Puligny-Montrachet.
Day 8, June 10: This day, I journeyed to another world, the Maconnais. I fell in love with the rolling hills, steep valleys and the imposing limestone outcroppings, the most famous of which is Le Solutré.
Day 7, June 9: I went to Domaine Jean Grivot , which consists of 40 acres spread over 18 different vineyards. Though the estate is not organic, Etienne Grivot farms his land thoughtfully and prefers a combination of young, old and very old vines in each site.
This trip is my first impression of the 2005 red and white Burgundies. But it is an impression, and it’s important to remember that these are still unfinished wines. They have another 7 or 8 months to mature in barrel before being assembled for bottling.
Day 5, June 7: As it turned out, my 3 appointments are all in Nuits-St.-Georges. And, as in my previous visits, I tasted all the wines non-blind in the cellars. The Liger-Belair family began in the wine business in 1720, but it wasn’t until 2002 that a family member made wines from the vineyards.
Day 4: June 6 There’s nothing like tasting 60 wines before lunch. When you visit chez Louis Jadot, that’s a fraction of the wines made. And if it were left to the energetic winemaker Jacques Lardière, you would not leave without tasting everything.
Day 3: June 5 Now, to the heart of the matter: Visiting and tasting at some of the top domaines and negoce in Burgundy. Cool weather prior to my trip delayed the malolactic fermentations ,and many of the 2005s are still undergoing malolactic fermentation.
Day 1: June 3 Whenver I go to Burgundy, I generally arrive at my hotel in Nuits-St.-Georges in the early evening. I like to have dinner my first night at the excellent La Cabotte restaurant in the center of town.
Join me each day from June 5th through June 13th as I taste the highly anticipated 2005 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from barrel. I will keep you updated on my visits with small growers and several négociant houses in Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or.
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