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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009: Magnificence in the Bottle

Tasting the 2009 lineup from Burgundy's most sought-after label

Posted: February 22, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

When you have exalted parcels, conscientious viticulture, attention to detail in the cellar and tradition on your side, in most vintages, you will make excellent wines. But when you align all of the above with a superb growing season, such as 2009, the result can be magnificent. Such is the case with the 2009 Burgundies from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

"Seductive," "tender" and "pure," were words co-director Aubert de Villaine used more than once during the 90-minute presentation of the DRC wines in New York this week, the 33rd such event staged in conjunction with long-term importer Wilson Daniels.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

On the Move: Domaine Champy

Recent acquisitions provide depth and diversity to the Champy range

Posted: February 17, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Since my last visit with Pierre Meurgey, director of Maison Champy, and enologist Dimitri Bazas, in June 2007, the firm has expanded its domaine holdings. First, it acquired Domaine Laleure-Piot in 2010, then last year secured three premier cru parcels in Volnay and Pommard from Louis Boillot that will be called Domaine Clos de la Chapelle.

With more than half the wines now under Domaine Champy or Domaine Clos de la Chapelle labels, Meurgey and Bazas showed me all the 2010s from these two properties. Here are my highlights.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Bogus Burgundies?

Rare bottles are pulled from a London auction after collectors raise questions about authenticity

Posted: February 9, 2012  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Louis Jadot's 2010 Reds

Natural selection was the key to Pinot Noir quality in Burgundy's 2010 vintage

Posted: February 8, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. Today I tasted the 2010 lineup from Louis Jadot with winemakers Jacques Lardière and Frédéric Barnier. Here are my notes and ratings on the 2010 Pinot Noirs.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

At Louis Jadot, a Fine Range, a Stellar Career

Winemaker Jacques Lardière previews his 2010 Chardonnays

Posted: February 6, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. Today I tasted the 2010 lineup from Louis Jadot with winemakers Jacques Lardière and Frédéric Barnier. Here are my notes and ratings on the 2010 Chardonnays.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Old Vines in Chorey-lès-Beaune: Tollot-Beaut

Old, high-quality vine strains are the key to pure, ripe fruit flavors and intensity in 2010

Posted: February 3, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy, where winter weather has firmly set in, to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. I will cover mostly the Côte d'Or, with a side trip to Chablis and, for the first time, the Côte Chalonnaise. Today I tasted a lineup of 2010s from Tollot-Beaut.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Creole, Crab and Chardonnay

Louis Jadot Meursault 2008

Posted: December 19, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's the difference between "Burgundian" and "Californian" wine styles?

Posted: December 16, 2011  

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Is Vincent Girardin Selling His Burgundy Business?

Reliable sources indicate that the esteemed Burgundy grower and winemaker is up for sale

Posted: December 15, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

Burgundy is a small, tightly knit world. Major transactions are rare, and people keep their own counsel. But my sources tell me that a significant deal is in the works.

I have been informed by reliable sources that Vincent Girardin, a highly esteemed grower and winemaker who has been building a small but important négociant arm, is selling his business. The price is rumored to be $52 million to $65 million (at today's rate of $1.30 to the euro).

This would be a major deal for the region, comprising approximately 113 acres of vines. Girardin personally owns roughly 54 acres in the Côte de Beaune, about half of that in Santenay. In addition, there are an additional 57 acres under a holding company, including vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet premiers crus Morgeot and Les Caillerets, Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne, Les Pucelles and Les Referts and grand cru Corton-Charlemagne.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What does the term "Chablis" on a wine label actually mean?

Posted: December 7, 2011  

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Holiday Burgundy

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Premier Cru du Château 2004

Posted: November 30, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Exile of Burgundy

Cast out of Burgundy by a spiteful ruler, the Gamay grape embarked on a 600-year road to redemption in Beaujolais

Posted: November 17, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Features

2011 New York Wine Experience: 2009 Red Burgundies

Four small-production Pinot Noirs from a top vintage

Posted: October 24, 2011  By Jennifer Fiedler

Sept. 30, 2011 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

Posted: September 30, 2011  

Sept. 30, 2011 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Racy Thoroughbreds

The best 2008 white Burgundies are out of the gate with bright, pure flavors and savory accents

Posted: September 30, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A $15 Chardonnay from a Value Region of France

Domaine des Chazelles Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2009

Posted: September 21, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Importer Joe Dressner Dies at 60

The wine world loses an original

Posted: September 19, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

Joe Dressner, founder of the wine importing company Louis Dressner Selections, died this past weekend. He was 60 years old.

Dressner was an original that always shot from the hip and was never afraid to speak his mind. He and his wife, Denyse, started Louis Dressner Selections with the philosophy of importing wines from small family estates that worked organically, with indigenous yeasts, no filtration and minimal intervention. They were ahead of the "natural wine" curve from the beginning.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

In Burgundy, Head South for Both Quality and Value

A group of growers is raising the quality bar in the Mâconnais

Posted: September 16, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

One of the best sources of white Burgundy values is the Mâconnais. In the past 10 or so years, it has been a hotbed of activity, with an upsurge in quality from young growers and merchants. In addition, producers from the Côte d'Or—notably Dominique Lafon, Domaine Leflaive and Louis Jadot—have invested there.

I spent a day earlier this year with a group of growers called Les Artisans Vignerons de Bourgogne du Sud. The 21 members grow grapes throughout the Mâconnais from a mix of different terroirs. They share a common goal of exploiting their vineyards in a way that best transmits an expression of place. As a group, they have old vines and farm for low yields. Some, but not all are certified organic or biodynamic.

News & Features  :  News

Burgundy's Domaine de l'Arlot Promotes New Winemaker

Jacques Devauges replaces Olivier Leriche just before harvest

Posted: August 26, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A French White for a Southern Feast

Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008

Posted: August 8, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

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