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If you missed the inaugural entry about my dozen-bottle, Bourgogne-Blanc-to-Grand Cru, no-holds-barred white Burgundy tasting, check out my write up of four 2009 Bourgogne Blancs of varying levels of quality and corked-ness here. Tonight we’re jumping right into Flight #2.
Slightly out of order: from left to right, Wines 1, 3, 2.
From the basic Bourgognes, we move up one quality level and correspondingly narrow our regional focus with three village-level wines, so called because the village closest to the vineyards where each wine’s grapes were grown is the prominent identifying feature of the classification. Even though Burgundy is a relatively small wine region (the Cote d’Or, the key quality area in the heart of the region, is only around 40 km long and in most spots less than 2 km wide), each of the main wine villages rests on slightly different soils and lies on slightly different aspects, which result in wines with clearly identifiable local identities. I’ve read about the flavour differences among the various villages, but this was my first chance to experience them myself. The plan was to open a bottle each from the three most well-known white wine villages in Burgundy: Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. However, after checking in with at least half a dozen prominent Calgary wine stores and being unable to locate a village-level Chassagne anywhere, I had to sub it out for Plan B: a village wine from the nearby town of Saint-Aubin, which certainly doesn’t have the reputation of its more illustrious neighbour but which has been known to produce solid whites at (relative) value prices. Would it stand up with the best Chardonnay spots in Burgundy? Um, not so much. 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 »