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June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


A northern star for minerality and purity

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


Old vines in a prestigious neighborhood

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


Exuberance in the northern Côte de Nuits

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


Pinot Noir with density and structure

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


Elegant Chardonnay from the Côte Chalonnaise

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features


Quality whites from steep sites

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Enjoying Burgundy

The medieval city of Beaune is an ideal base from which to explore the Côte d’Or

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Risk and Rewards

Despite challenges, Burgundy delivers a classic vintage for red wines in 2009

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

June 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Affordable Burgundy

In a region of exalted grands crus, there is also plenty of value

Posted: June 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Summery Chardonnays

New reviews of white wines from Burgundy under $30

Posted: June 22, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Burgundy Shaken by Fraud Accusations

A leading négociant is accused of illegally blending and mislabeling 1.5 million bottles

Posted: June 15, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Mischief & Mayhem Buys Vineyard in Burgundy's Aloxe-Corton

The micro-négociant creates the beginning of a domaine

Posted: May 9, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Cellar Notes

Burgundy's Big Surprise: 2010 Vintage Preview

Vintners are relieved by the quality of the reds and whites; get an early look at how the vintage rates, plus 29 top wines from cellar tastings

Posted: May 3, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Burgundy Pinot Noirs

New reviews of red Burgundies from Chassagne-Montrachet, where relative value abounds with the 2009 vintage

Posted: April 13, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

The Governor and The Donald Team Up for Wine

Plus, a vine robot that does it all, serious Burgundy wine fraud and Three Fat Guys, a new label from former Packers players

Posted: April 12, 2012  

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Girardin and More Côte d'Or Real-Estate Transactions

Behind-the-scenes deals are changing the Burgundy landscape

Posted: March 1, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Late last year, I wrote a blog about the rumored sale of Maison Vincent Girardin. At that time, I was unable to get a confirmation from Girardin or a spokesperson for the company. However, last week I heard that the deal was almost completed.

Marco Caschera, the Girardin export manager, confirmed that La Compagnie des Vins d'Autrefois and its managing director Jean-Pierre Nié became the majority shareholder and recently took over management of the Girardin business. The technical and sales team remains in place, with winemaker Eric Germain still at the helm. An assistant enologist, Christophe Marin, was hired to assist Germain. Girardin himself will continue in a consulting role.

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.

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