Posted: February 24, 2011
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.
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.
Posted: January 19, 2011 By Thomas Matthews
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Posted: December 23, 2010 By Bruce Sanderson
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Posted: October 8, 2010 By Bruce Sanderson
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Posted: September 28, 2010 By Harvey Steiman
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.
Posted: July 9, 2010
Posted: June 28, 2010 By Bruce Sanderson
Posted: June 25, 2010 By Bruce Sanderson
Earlier this month I attended a lunch with Jean-Baptiste Bordeaux-Montrieux, whose family owns Domaine Baron Thenard in Givry. The domaine covers 57 acres of vineyards from Givry, in the Côte Chalonnaise, to Grands Echézeaux, just north of Vosne-Romanée.
But its jewel in the crown is 4.5 acres of Le Montrachet on the Chassagne side of the appellation, making Thenard the second-largest proprietor of the esteemed grand cru. We had the opportunity to taste six vintages of the Montrachet at lunch, along with current vintages and a few mature versions of Givry Cellier Aux Moines and Givry Clos St.-Pierre.
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