An elite group of Burgundy producers is making four special wines from the 2009 harvest. The proceeds will benefit charities operating in the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy’s vineyard land.
The project, called Les Climats du Coeur, will offer 1,000 cases of four magnums each. They are available online only, for a price of €1,200 per case ($1,656 based on today’s exchange rate of 1.38), with a limit of one case per person. The four wines are Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru, Meursault Premier Cru, Vosne-Romanée Permier Cru and Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru. The wines will be available in the fall of 2011. [If you are interested, go to climats-du-coeur.com on June 26 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time].
One hundred percent of the sale will benefit Restos du Coeur, a charity that helps feed the destitute and several charities linked to the Abbaye of Citeaux, the Couvent de Béatitudes and the Abbaye de St.-Vivant.
Some venerable names are behind each wine, consisting of a partnership between a house and a domaine: Louis Jadot and Domaine Leflaive for the Puligny, Maison Louis Latour and Domaine Roulot for the Meursault, Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Vosne-Romanée and Maison Joseph Faiveley and Domaine Dujac in Gevrey.
The wines are a blend of different vineyards in each village. Grapes from the 2009 harvest of the partnering producers and other growers in each village will be vinified to make the wines. In Puligny, for example, in addition to Jadot and Domaine Leflaive, Domaines Henri Boillot, Sauzet, Duc de Magenta, Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet, Jean Chartron and Paul Pernot will supply grapes. The Vosne-Romanée grapes will come from Drouhin and DRC, Méo-Camuzet, Michel Gros, Comte Liger-Belair, Robert Arnoux, Lamarche, Prieuré-Roch, Jean Grivot, Confuron-Cotetidot and Bernard Gros.
In some ways, it is the antithesis of Burgundy, where wines are prized for their individual terroirs. Differences in soil composition, location on the slope and exposure to the sun determine a wine’s expression compared to one from its neighboring vineyard.
The wines are expensive also, at approximately $400 per magnum. However, it represents a one-time opportunity to purchase unique bottles from Burgundy. And if you love the region, it’s a way to give back and support the less fortunate side of Burgundy most of us never see.
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