Edges of Burgundy: Saint-Aubin

Today we start exploring the Edges of Burgundy with Saint-Aubin.  This is a series that focuses on villages of Burgundy that are less heralded despite producing world class and ageworthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You can read the introductory blog post here.   Saint-Aubin is all about Chardonnay Pinot Noir from Saint-Aubin is OK.  Don't get me wrong.  I mean, if suddenly New York State starting producing Pinot as good as the finer reds that you can get from Saint-Aubin, it would be hugely celebrated and pronouncements would be made declaring New York State to be the new Burgundy (with very high prices of course).  But really, the red wines from the village are on the simple ... Read More »

Edges of Burgundy, Part 1

Your guide to Burgundy's Unknown Gems: Great wines and rare values Is Burgundy going the way of Bordeaux?  Prices certainly are going up every year.  The top producers’ wines are now out of reach for the vast majority of us.  In famous villages (Vosne Romanée, Chambolle Musigny), even relatively unknown producers don't come cheap. And in some ways, the situation is already worse than Bordeaux.  If you're willing to pay the price, there's always another case of, say, Leoville Las Cases that you can buy and put in your cellar.  They just make so much wine in Bordeaux. But not so in Burgundy, where bottles of top wines are now often allocated just two or three per customer... ... Read More »

Top 10 Wines for Summer that aren’t Rosé or Prosecco

No, I don't just drink Rose and G&Ts all summer long. I simply can't survive three months of the year without some more serious flavors. Here's what I do: 1. Riesling. This one's a no-brainer. Celebrate the last Summer of Riesling by drinking my pick: Dr. Burklin-Wolf, Estate Dry Riesling, 2012 ($17.99). 2. Chablis. You can still drink Chardonnay in the heat! Chablis has the acidity and minerality needed to refresh. We have plenty of nice easy examples, but for this one I'm going fancy: Fevre Chablis Les Clos 2000 ($99.99). 3. Reds from the Jura. The whites can be a little wintry, but Jura reds have a lightness to them that is perfect for a room temperature meal. Asparagus with proscuitto ... Read More »

Four Valuable Lessons about Burgundy

I love the wines of Alexandrine Roy (daughter of Marc Roy, who gives her domaine its name) mostly because they taste so good, but also because they teach us some valuable lessons about Burgundy. Lesson one: Producer, Producer, Producer. Alexandrine owns only village level vines in Gevrey Chambertin. There is no Clos de Beze or even premier cru vineyards in her property. Yet her wines are definitely worth seeking out. And this is mostly because of the excellence of the domaine as a producer. It is not that she has a magic recipe that she employs in her wine-making. She would probably describe her approach in the winery in much the same way as you would hear from any number of good Burgundians: ... Read More »