Winemaker tasting with Olivier Merlin–Today in New York Shop

[caption id="attachment_11482" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Man and Horse Making Great Wine[/caption] Olivier Merlin is one of the great winemakers of Burgundy. His family vineyards aren't centered on any of the illustrious appellations of the Cote d'Or, but on the Maconais. He's one of the hard-working talents showing just how great the wines from this undervalued region can be: complex, mineral, ageworthy... delicious! His whites are some of the best value white wines in the whole world. We're thrilled to have him in the shop today to share his wines and talk about what it takes to make top flight wines, vintage in and vintage out. Wines will be available at a discount for all ... Read More »

Chanterêves

We knew it was only a matter of time before Chanterêves would be "discovered," as in talked about and chased by U.S wine drinkers beyond us and our customers. But now they appear headed for the big leagues. For a while, the wines from this micro-négociant husband-wife team of Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott were available only with us. But they now have distribution here in New York thanks to the team at Grand Cru, a boutique importer/wholesaler with a legendary Burgundy portfolio in the making that includes producers like the Marquis d'Angerville, Roumier, and Comte Liger-Belair. And now Chanterêves has the honor to be sold alongside those famous names. We are very excited for them! They're ... Read More »

Amiot-Servelle

Amiot-Servelle has great holdings in Chambolle-Musigny, including some lovely village plots and vines in Les Charmes and Les Amoureuses. (not to mention Clos St. Denis). We recently had the chance to taste some ‘13s, ‘14s and as-yet-unreleased 2015s. Our lesson? The Domaine is doing great work! The wines are fresh and pure with beautiful fruit and terroir-specific aromatics. Their plot of Bourgogne Rouge is just across the RN from the heart of Chambolle-Musigny. It has seductive aromatics that, like all great baby-Chambolles, hint at the village’s classic perfume and elegance. But the soils are deeper and the wine is already a pleasure to drink, more fruit-focused than the village ... Read More »

2014 White Burgundies from Lafouge

Auxey-Duresses has always been in the shadow of its better-known neighbors, Volnay and Meursault. We like to talk about the "Edges of Burgundy"—places just off the beaten track of famous villages. These Edges provide tremendous value. Auxey-Duresses, quite literally at the edge of one of the most famous white wine villages in the world, may provide the greatest value of all. Auxey-Duresses, flush up by Meursault, is one of those magic places in Burgundy that grows both great red and white grapes. White is the focus on the Meursault side of the village. Wines made by Auxey's top growers can rival great Meursault, and we think Lafouge is at the very top of the heap. (D'Auvenay does make some ... Read More »

The Chablis-Like Red Wines of Dominique Gruhier

It was, of course, a thrill and an honor to host superstar Burgundy producers Lafarge and Mugnier at our store for a free tasting the other night. And it was no surprise that their wines are awfully good. The biggest revelation of the evening for just about everyone was Dominique Gruhier.  And "everyone" includes Freddy Mugnier, who had never tasted the wines before and was supremely impressed! [caption id="attachment_11024" align="alignnone" width="640"] Wines of Dominique Gruhier[/caption] You see, Mugnier, like so many U.S. Burgundy drinkers these days, admires purity and clarity over power and ripeness. And Gruhier's wines are so pure and clear that they seem to shimmer, like the water ... Read More »

Pure Burgundies from New Star Chantereves

Chantereves is an absolutely brilliant tiny negociant in Savigny-les-Beaune. The Chantereves team is the very outgoing and charming – Tomoko Kuriyama and her shyer and more reticent husband, Guillaume Bott. Tomoko went to wine school in Geisenhem and became the estate manager at Freiderich Altenkirch in the Rheingau. In addition to her winemaking and vineyard work at Chantereves she does vineyard management at Chandon de Briailles. Her husband Guillaume Bott worked at Etienne Sauzet and became the winemaker at Domaine Simon Bize, where he still works. Their partnership at Chantereves started in 2010. They make wines of stunning purity and focus in both red and white. Their approach has resulted ... Read More »

La Maltroie: Bruno Colin’s Chassagne Rouge

Fifty percent of Chassagne is red wine, but it used to be more. La Maltroie and Clos St Jean are considered the best vineyards for rouge since the soils are uniquely suited to Pinot Noir. However, the growers get a lot more money for their white wines from Chassagne – upwards of 50 - 100% more, and understandably so given the village name does end with “Montrachet.” But what all this also adds up to is that Chassagne rouge is a just a really good deal. Bruno Colin is the youngest son of retired Michel Colin-Deleger who was the third generation winemaker of this family estate up until 2003. The oldest son in the family is Pierre-Yves Colin who married Anne Morey and started the micro-negociant ... Read More »

Pernand-Vergelesses: Red and White on the Edge of Burgundy

The Edges of Burgundy series continues today. We've already explored St. Aubin, Santenay, Savigny-les-Beaune, Mercurey and Marsannay, looking for stellar values in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today's village is Pernand-Vergelesses. More so than any of the other villages covered in this Edges of Burgundy series, Pernand-Vergelesses qualifies for its Edges status thanks to both its red wine and its white wines.  Don't be surprised by this: P-V lies just beneath Corton, the great hill and only village (a small exception in Musigny aside) capable of making Grand Cru wine from both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With two grapes for the price of one village, this is an area worthy of your attention. ... Read More »

Patrick Piuze and John B. Truax tasting in Chablis

Our last stop in Chablis was with Patrick Piuze, a 41 year old French Canadian who found his way to Burgundy.  He worked the harvest for Franck Grux at Olivier Leflaive in 2000.   Grux was so impressed with his hard work and enthusiasm he was offered a job.  After a brief winemaking course at the Beaune wine school he was entrusted with making the Chablis for Domaine Olivier Leflaive for four vintages, after which he went and worked with Jean Marie Guffens at Maison Verget.  He then ended up as the cellar master at Jean-Marc Brocard for a short period but he knew it was only a matter of time before he would strike out on his own.  On July 1st 2008 he started his own negociant firm. Piuze is ... Read More »