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OK, time to bring this long and winding road of a tasting review to a close. I had set this up so that we’d end on a high note with the most prestigious bottles in the tasting, the illustrious Grand Crus, but for reasons outside their control, the drinking experience ended up being somewhat anticlimactic. And no, it wasn’t because we were 10 bottles in by this point. That’s what made the next morning anticlimactic.
A.k.a. over $300 worth of wine that really shouldn't be open yet.
Grand Cru vineyards are the rarest, best-positioned, most historic, highest-quality growing areas in all of Burgundy…or at least their classification is meant to reflect as much. As you might expect, Grand Crus come in very limited numbers (only 32 in the Cote d’Or, according to my friend the Internet) and they produce minute quantities of wine each year with prices to match their prestige and scarcity. I didn’t have the overflowing bank account to go too crazy and delve into the elite of white Burgundian GCs — the series of adjoining Grand Crus bearing the “Montrachet” name, including Le Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, etc. are almost certainly the creme de la creme of white Burgundy, but they’re also a hilarious pipe dream in my current circumstances — so instead I turned my focus to two wines from the well-regarded but much cheaper Grand Cru of Corton-Charlemagne. Unfortunately, both bottles were from relatively recent vintages, and we quickly discovered that, with great white Burgundy, time is your ally. Read the rest of this entry »
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Burgundy, I haven't forgotten about you.
At the start of 2012 I waxed poetic about my newfound commitment to drink more Burgundy this year. Two days later, I followed that up with a momentum-sustaining red Burgundy review of the 2009 Alex Gambal “Cuvee Les Deux Papis” Bourgogne Rouge. I have since gone over two months without drinking or mentioning Burgundy at all. What gives? Am I like one of those New Year’s Resolution fitness disciples who goes to one workout on January 2nd and then gets back on the couch? Not exactly. Have I been turned off of the Burgundy quest since early January? Nope. Am I quietly getting the pieces put together on a massive mind-blowing Burgundian wine journey of epic proportions? Oh yes.
My original idea about how to start drinking more Burgundy was to, well, start drinking more Burgundy: head to the France section of various wine shops, buy a few bottles, crack them, write about them. But when I asked Highlander Wine & Spirits’ Matt Browman for advice on how to approach his favourite wine region, he got me thinking in a more structured fashion. His Burgundy drinking plan contemplated village-by-village comparisons of wines from high-quality producers across the entire hierarchy of the area’s wine classification system…but more importantly, it called for all of the all of the test subject wines to be opened AT THE SAME TIME. Faster than you could say “Burgundy tasting party”, I was on board. It’s taken me until now to source (and pay for) the various bottles going into the tasting, but next weekend I’ll have a dozen bottles of top-notch Burgundy open and the wait will definitely be worth it. Here are the official details of the Matt Browman Burgundy Drinking Plan in case you ever feel like trying this yourself: Read the rest of this entry »