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May 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

Business Briefs

Posted: May 31, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson, Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

2009 Red and White Burgundy Preview

A near-perfect summer resulted in ripe, charming Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays

Posted: April 26, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

2008 Red and White Burgundy

11 new reviews of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from a vintage proving to be better than expected

Posted: April 1, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

American Buys Parcels of Burgundy's Bâtard-Montrachet

Négociant Alex Gambal is the first foreigner to own part of the grand cru vineyard

Posted: March 8, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Will Donald Trump Rescue a Virginia Winery?

Plus, Annika Sorenstam returns to television—as a wine lover, and Burgundy’s Labouré-Roi aims to plant 100,000 more trees

Posted: February 24, 2011  

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Unveils its 2008s

Precision and purity are the hallmarks of the famed domaine's Pinot Noirs, and Montrachet is another world

Posted: February 17, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

In some years, like 2009, 2005, 1999 and 1990, nature looks kindly on growers in Burgundy, delivering benevolent weather and abundant quantity. Then there are years like 2008, when every possible obstacle rears its ugly head, forcing growers to be vigilant and proactive to harvest the best possible grapes. Yet it’s in exactly those challenging vintages like 2008, when the vigneron prevails over nature, that Burgundy produces its most typical reds. These are light, fresh, translucent Pinot Noirs, with balance and vibrant profiles.

The range of 2008s from the renowned Domaine de la Romanée-Conti provides an ideal example of the expression of Pinot Noir from the individual grands crus climats. Aubert de Villaine, co-director of the domaine, was in New York last week to lead two exclusive tastings, the only preview of DRC's newest releases. My notes on the wines follow.

Blogs  :  Oz Clarke's Adventures

Puzzling Over Burgundy

First impressions can change with time

Posted: January 25, 2011  By Oz Clarke

You can get a very strong and not always accurate view of a vintage by turning up on the wrong day. I turned up for the end of the 2010 vintage in Burgundy under sodden late-September skies; lines of rain-coated pickers were spread across the slopes looking like marauding beetles. Could the wines possibly be any good?

But then you can also get a surprisingly warped view of a vintage even if you wait for 15 months, until the tasting season starts. Usually the Burgundy specialists offer their wine for tasting in the January that falls about 15 months after harvest. In January 2010, I had a good look at the 2008 Burgundies and decided that they were in the main thin, hollow and unappealing.

What I didn’t know at the time was that most of them had still not undergone their malolactic fermentation. Retasting the wines in September 2010, I found that thinness has now transformed into elegance.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Fine Brasserie White

Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé 2008

Posted: January 19, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Very Versatile Cru Beaujolais

Château de Pizay Morgon 2009

Posted: January 17, 2011  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  News

American Investors Buy Burgundy Domaine

Cottin Frères sells its 17.3-acre Domaine René Manuel in Meursault

Posted: December 23, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A White at the Oasis of Le Cirque

Philippe Colin St.-Aubin Le Charmois 2007

Posted: November 30, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Jazzy White for New Orleans

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2007

Posted: November 18, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Bottle of White to Pass Time and a Red Worth the Wait

Antonin Rodet Mâcon-Villages 2006 and Falesco Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Sangiovese Umbria Vitiano 2009

Posted: November 5, 2010  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Features

2010 New World Wine Experience: Grand Cru Burgundy from Louis Latour

A vertical tasting of reds and whites from the famed hill of Corton

Posted: November 2, 2010  By Dana Nigro

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why can't Pinot Noir from California and Oregon age like Burgundy?

Posted: October 13, 2010  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Charming Chardonnays

New reviews of white wines from Burgundy’s Mâconnais region that offer great value compared to their cousins from the Côte d’Or

Posted: October 8, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

Sept. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

Posted: September 30, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

Vincent Girardin Purchases La Tour du Bief in Beaujolais

Another Burgundy producer sets up shop in its southern neighbor

Posted: September 29, 2010  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A French White That Goes Against the Grain

Patrick Javillier Bourgogne White Cuvée de Forgets 2006

Posted: September 28, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Fire, Fog, Fossils and Fractures

Evening Land Vineyards’ Mark Tarlov unveils a new range of wines from Burgundy

Posted: September 13, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

I first met Mark Tarlov in June 2008. He and a group of sommeliers and winemakers were in New York to launch a new, exciting project: Evening Land Vineyards. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Evening Land portfolio of wines came from vineyards owned and leased by Tarlov and purchased grapes in California and Oregon.

Now, Evening Land is unveiling another project, this time from Burgundy, the spiritual home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tarlov invited me to taste the new wines, together with the Blue Label range from California and Oregon. This was the first time all the finished wines were tasted together. Here are my notes.

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