I recently received an e-mail from Tom Stephenson, general manager of Crush Wine & Spirits in New York. The store was holding an informal tasting for select clients and press that would include the Krug Grande Cuvée as well as the Krug Brut 1996 and Brut 1995.
My last day of visits found me in the Côte de Nuits. I started in Marsannay with another young grower, Cyril Audoin of Domaine Charles Audoin , followed by Patrice Rion and Jean-Nicolas Méo at Méo-Camuzet.
Thursday afternoon found me in Aloxe-Corton and then across the Route National to Chorey-lès-Beaune. In Aloxe, I visited Mischief and Mayhem. Who? What? Behind the playful name are some serous wines and equally serious wine guys.
Weatherwise, Wednesday had been a relatively benign day—warm and humid, without rain. Thursday morning, when Maison Champy director Pierre Meurgey and I visited some vineyards, a light rain was falling.
After two and a half days in the Côte de Beaune, I headed north to the Côte de Nuits to visit Bertrand Devillard and his son Amaury at the cellars of Domaine de Perdrix in Gevrey-Chambertin. The Devillard family owns three separate domaines.
Wednesday found me back in Meursault for a first visit to Domaine Remi Jobard. In addition to the 20-acre domaine, Jobard started a small negociant operation, Jobard-Chabloz, in 2002. The negoce wines were still finishing their malolactic fermentations, so it was difficult to taste some of the samples.
Tuesday was spent with two growers whose wines offer a fascinating tour of the different terroirs in the village of Meursault. It’s always a good day when you visit Domaine Roulot and Domaine des Comtes Lafon.
Just as I was about to leave for my first appointment, the sky opened and it poured for about two hours. Undeterred, I headed to two domaines and one négociant with extensive holdings in Burgundy's Côte d’Or and Chablis regions.
After a seven-hour flight, which was delayed almost two hours, and a drive almost as long, I reached the tiny Mâcon hamlet of Colonge. I had been invited for dinner by Martine Saunier, a Burgundy importer from California.
I'm heading back to Burgundy tonight. I'll be taking a first look at the 2006 reds and whites in barrel. Look for my (time permitting) daily blogs to keep you up to date with my tastings. I'll be visiting some familiar names as well as some that may be new to you.
Portfolio tastings by two major German importers on two consecutive days earlier this week gave me the opportunity to taste more than 100 German Rieslings from the 2006 vintage. It’s an interesting vintage, primarily because it was early and fast.
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