We try to somehow pull ourselves away from the obvious joys of Italy, only because we’d never venture elsewhere!
The prices reflect this, and the demand in the market for Burgundy has rocketed making many of the wines oppressively expensive.
We made some great discoveries:
- A champion of Aligoté in Marsannay,
- Back vintages from the 1800’s at Chateau de Beaune including a Romanée st vivant 1865.
- The cathedral like modern state of the art winery at Louis Jadot.
- We revisited old friends at Olivier Leflaive and indulged again in the voluminous wine list at Ma Cuisine.
Tasting at Chateau de Beaune, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils June 21st 2019
Founded in 1731 by Michel Bouchard, located in the magnificent Chateau de Beaune since 1820.
Philippe Prost, part of the furniture here, took us on a grand tour of their huge cellars, under the 15th century fortress, which house some of the best back vintages in Burgundy dating back to 1845.
They own 130 hectares of vineyards across Burgundy, of which 12 hectares (30 acres) are Grand Cru and 74ha Premier cru. In 1995 the Bouchard family sold to Champagne House Joseph Henriot, they have since acquired Chateau De Ponce in Fleurie and William Fevre in Chablis.
Wines Tasted -Red Crus
Fleurie le Pré Roi 2017
Initially cranberry and bright red fruits and later red plum 6 to 8 months in barrels bright acidity, chalky
Classic Pinot nose with red fruits earth and game lovely length of fresh strawberries
Closed and reductive at this stage
Beaune du Château 2017
Blend of 17 premier crus
Lovely perfumed nose of wild strawberries and loganberries with a subtle violet aftertaste and nice soft tannins delicious!
Beaune Grèves Vigne de L’enfant Jesus 2017
Another classic well made Pinot Noir
red floral fruits and red and dark plums earth spice silky tannins long length beautiful balanced wine
Volant Les Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot 2017
Blueberry red plum, brooding tense wine power underneath, complex holding back at the moment great potential
Le Corton 2017
Lighter colour impressive earthy nose and game lovely balance
Wines tasted White Crus
Pouilly Fuisse 2017
5,000 cases apples pears honeydew melon
Meursault Les Clous 2017
Butter green apples lemon curd melon sl grapefruit on the finish
Meursault Geneveieres 2017
White wine of the day complex lemon smokiness cream butter melon ripe apples pear and minerality really delicious
Corton Charlemagne 2017
sweet apple butter viscosity soft round mouthfeel
Chablis Montmains 2017 Domaine William Fevre
Lemon crisp apple lees good acidity
Chablis Bougros 2017 Domaine William Fevre
Crisp fresh lemon apples