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 »

Chambolle Musigny under the radar: tasting with Domaine Digioa-Royer’s Michel Digioia

This was a favorite visit on a great trip to Burgundy some years ago. We drove into a very small courtyard with enough room to park a couple of cars and maybe a step van. It looked like the kind of place where you would see a goat tied to the fence with a rope. I kid you not. We got out of the car and stretched and then very carefully descended the few stairs below the limestone lintel and found ourselves in one of the tiniest cellars that actually produced wine. It looked more like a cellar to store a collection than a working domain. Michel Digioia's tiny cellar holds just his Chambolle Musigny wines, and there were perhaps 30 barrels stacked two barrels high jammed in the two small rooms. What ... Read More »

Edges of Burgundy: Savigny-les-Beaune

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts called Edges of Burgundy that explores some of the under-appreciated villages of Burgundy.  We have already covered St. Aubin and Santenay.  Today we look at Savigny-les-Beaune. Of the villages I've covered so far, Savigny-les-Beaune is the most puzzling.  I kind of understand why St. Aubin is off the radar, as it occupies a separate valley from the classic villages of the Cote d'Or. And it's no surprise that Santenay isn't anywhere near as famous as villages further north, which benefit from super star producers and terroir that is superior to all but the most northerly corners of Santenay.  But Savigny?  This is a village that ... Read More »

A Farewell from Dan Weber

This Saturday, August 2 will be my last official shift here at Flatiron Wines.  After two amazing years at the shop, I am leaving to work for Schatzi Wines, a new importer focused on German, Austrian and French growers.  I will be working directly with wine stores and restaurants here in New York as well in other markets up and down the east coast.  I am very excited to learn another side of the wine business and to work even more closely with the producers. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to have been a part of Flatiron Wines from the embryonic stages to seeing it grow into the great wine shop that it is today.  The concept was simple, create the wine store where ... Read More »

2011 Red Burgundy: A great vintage to buy and drink

“This vintage is likely to be underestimated.” - Guillaume D'Angerville, speaking of 2011 Burgundy I like 2011s a lot.  I think that they are very similar to 2000s in many ways.  They are both soft and pretty, early maturing vintages that won't shut down or "go dumb." They were both overshadowed by big powerful vintages that preceded them and both were followed by bigger vintages.  They will mature early. All of these factors make me think that this is a buying opportunity for people who want to have some nice wine to drink in their cellars. 1999s are still hard and closed 15 years after the vintage.  2000s are delicious. 2001s are only finally coming around but will last and ... Read More »

Edges of Burgundy: Santenay

This is part 3 of Edges of Burgundy, a series of posts exploring some of the under-valued villages of Burgundy.  Last week we did St. Aubin.  Now it's Santenay's turn.   Santenay For a while I felt that drinking Santenay was like visiting your family of wild cousins and marveling that they are related to you.  Was that really Pinot Noir....or was that a Cotes du Rhone I was drinking?  It seemed that there was simply too much coarseness and clunkiness for the wines to be from the Cote d'Or.   But wine-making has really improved in Santenay over the last decade or so, and more and more I've been finding bottles of wine that truly satisfy my cravings for great Burgundy.  Pay ... Read More »