>Burgundy Education

> After a very stellar White Burgundy and Hog Island Oyster Dinner last month with Raveneau, Domaine Leflaive, Dugat, Brocard, Lafon, Fevre, and a few other gems, the Sonoma Burg Team got together this past week for a small get together!

Overall, a very “interesting” group of wines. Reinforced the concept to always reserve judgement on Burgundy wines until they have a little time to open up with air. Several of the wines were not very enjoyable on first opening, but improved in time. Others were exactly the opposite, nicer up front and then fading off in time. With a few exceptions, the list of wines were not exceptional on this occasion, but they did move a great deal between first opening, and final tastes near the end of the evening.

Red Wine of the Night: 2000 Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze
White Wine of the Night: 2007 Dujac Puligny-Montrachet

2001 Louis Latour Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles – Bread, yeast, flour, medium bodied, flat wine that was mature with a nice mouthfeel. Got considerably better in time.

2001 Pierre Matrot Puligny-Montrachet Perrieres – Tar, carmel, cereal and fiber, thought it was a little funky up front, but like the Louis Latour, improved considerably with air.

2005 Andre De Mericourt Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot – Initially thought it was a nice wine, yeasty, balanced, and rich, though it declined very quickly, nothing special.

2007 Dujac Puligny-Montrachet – Lilacs, flowers, citrus, smooth, notable acidity, bright, crisp, orange peel notes. A tight wine that was delightful to taste. Favorite white wine.

1993 Laurent Savigny Les Beaune – Baked fruits, rich, grassy, long finish, initially far bigger wine than others, deepness tapered off slowly and fell off the edge of a cliff in time.

1999 Remoriquet Vosne-Romanee Aux Dessus des Malconsorts – A little mint, faint, closed wine that slowly opened up with some distinct pepper notes. More character in time.

2000 Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin Cuvee Unique – Gamey, richer, notable oak and riper fruit. Not a very exciting wine, just ok as it opened up with some air.

2000 Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze – A gorgeous gamey, baked raspberry, cola tasting wine that was mature and had excellent balance. A thrill to drink, easily the wine of the night.

2001 Henri Boillot Clos Vougeot – Bright yet light, muted style that did not taste typical of a Clos Vougeot. Opened up a little, but became more grassy. Not a very enjoyable wine.

2002 Louis Latour Corton Grancey – Started out light, clean, grassy, lot of acid, not very exciting, later opened up into something celery, watermelon like that was a little unusual.

Cheers to a Burgundy education in patience!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine

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