June 19 was another beautiful morning in Burgundy as I strolled over to Chanson Père & Fils. I was impressed with the 2005s I tasted on my first visit there two years ago. President Gilles de Courcel and winemaker Jean-Pierre Confuron have a tasty collection of 2007s in barrel and seem to be going from strength to strength in the revitalization of this house.
Wednesday afternoon found me at Moillard in Nuits-St.-Georges. I had just heard earlier that day that the firm, founded as a négociant in 1850 and also with 74 acres of vineyards in the Côte d’Or, had been sold to Béjot , a large company controlled by Vincent Sauvestre.
I’m back in New York now, where I noticed some scaffolding has actually disappeared from my neighborhood. Though I had a reprieve from the Internet in Burgundy, I was frustrated by the lack of access at my hotel.
Tuesday was cloudy, and a light sprinkling of rain dotted the windshield on the drive to Chassagne-Montrachet. By mid-day, the sun came out and the temperature rose. My first stop of the day was Domaine Morey-Coffinet , where I was greeted by Michel Morey and his wife Fabienne.
Monday started off a little brighter than the previous day of my Burgundy trip, but by 5:00 pm, it was raining again. I began the morning with a visit to Domaine Michel Gros. Although Michel has been looking after the vines, making the vinifications and overseeing the aging of the wines of this 49-acre estate since 1975, until 1995, it remained under the label of his father, Jean Gros.
Sunday dawned in Burgundy with a steady rain. I spent most of the day with Romain Taupenot of Domaine Taupenot-Merme in Morey St.-Denis. He and his sister, Virginie, are the seventh generation to manage this family estate.
I am back in Burgundy for a first look at the 2007 vintage from barrel. My trip began inauspiciously, with a three-hour flight delay leaving New York, then an auto accident just east of Paris that meant it took the better part of an hour to advance half a mile.
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Joseph Henriot and his son Stanislas, of Champagne Henriot. We discussed a lot of issues, from corks to Burgundy and Beaujolais, where they have just purchased Château Poncié, to the future of Champagne.
Last week, I sat down with Nik Weis of St. Urbans-Hof to taste through his 2007 Mosel Rieslings that will be available soon in the United States. Weis is a thoughtful grower and winemaker and an astute taster, so it is always a productive and educational experience tasting through his wines together.
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