Burgundy Fest

This past Saturday two wine shops had their annual Burgundy tastings. Union Square and Le Du. The first stop was at  Union Square Wines. They usually have some sort of tasting in the back room and since the tastings are complementary, it can be a zoo. The crowds came out for Burgundy. They were pouring twenty-three red and white Burgundy from producers such as Joseph Faivley, Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Francois Raquillet, Domaine Michael LaFarge and others. I tasted all the wines. Nothing really blew me away. I found many of the wines to have high acid that worked better with the whites than the reds. Definately food wines. Some that I liked were Joseph Faivleys 09 Mercury Blanc Clos Rochettes Monopole. Good inexpensive white Burgundy that was nicely balanced and a good sipper. Another I enjoyed was the Simon Bize & Fils 09 Savigny-Les-Beaune Blanc 1er Cru “Aux Vergelesses” Moderate fruit, long finish with some mouth puckering tanning and acid on the finish.

Next stop was Le Du’s Wines. There was a fee to enter this event and the wine shop is out of the way which ensured that only wine geeks made it to this event. They poured twenty-three high-end red and white Burgundy from the 2009 vintage. It was a great opportunity to try some really expensive juice at the cost of two glasses of crappy house wine.

Very nice tasting all around, some of the whites I enjoyed; 09 Bruno Clair Bourgongne Blanc, good low-end Burgunday, and the 09 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet. My favorite red of the night was the 09 Domaine Bouchard Beaune 1er Cru Greves Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus. Great purfume on the nose with silky, firm fruit and long finish. Some other reds I enjoyed were: 09 Domaine Bruno Clair Clos de Beze, 09 Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”, 09 Domaine Tiery Matrot Blagny La Piece Sous les Bois, 09 Humbert Freres Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Poissenots” and the 09 Domaine Jacques Frederic Mugnier Nuits-St-George 1er Cru “Clos de la Marechale”

The Le Du tastings are fun, casual events with dedicated wine drinkers, I think because of the costs of these wines, the vibe was tighter than usual this time around. 


Boston Wine Expo

Made it up to the expo Sunday. Was at the event by noon. The wine expo is actually two events, the main event in the convention center and a smaller, more eclectic “Grand Cru” tasting at the Seaport Hotel across the street. The grand cru event didn’t start until 1:00 so me and my wingman spent an hour in the main hall looking for some good juice. These type of consumer events can be a drinking zoo but they let members of the trade in a couple of hours before they open to the public so at noon the crowd was restrained

Thomas George Estates Pinot Noir,  09 Russian River PN, 09 Cresta Ridge PN, both very nice wines, the Cresta Ridge with more complexity.

Ladera Napa Valley

07 Cab, 07 Lone Canyon Cab, 07 Howell Mtn Cab

Tasty Napa Cabs with the Lone Canyon as my favorite.

Grand Cru Lounge

After an hour in the main hall we made our way to the grand cru lounge in the hotel across the street. Where the main hall was one huge event space, the lounge was more intimate with harbor views, a live jazz band and some outstanding wines, and people who payed extra to drink good wine.  We decided to start at the California table. A bucket full of Chardonnay from Flowers, Cakebread, HdV, Littorai, Farniente and Charles Heitz. My favorite white was:

2008 Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay…. Creamy vanilla with good acidty on the finish, a good one to drink on its own.

At the Cabernet table they poured Duckhorn, Beringer Private Reserve, Silver Oaks Alexaner Valley,  Darioush, and Heitz Bella Oaks. My favorite red was:

2007 Beringer Private Reserve

Classic Bordeaux nose of green olives. tight fruit but not overwhelming, great acid/tannin on the finish. Taste like what a good Bordeaux would taste from a hot vintage where the grapes got really ripe.

I told a few people at the event this was my favorite and they made a face. I guess assumed that all Beringer made were jug wines, they need to work on their PR.

Merry Edwards Winery poured a couple of Pinots from Russian River, the 09 Klopp Ranch and the 09 Meredith Estate. Very well made and balanced

The most unusual wine I had that day was the Triumvir Vineyards 08 Russian River Pinot Noir. On the nose I was getting pencil shavings and mushrooms and not the usual Cali black cherry and cola. Smelled and tasted very rustic. If I didn’t know it was a Cali wine I would have guessed it was something from southern Italy, I’m not sure if I loved it or hated it.

Burgundy  After the Cali table I headed to Burgundy, They poured sixteen white and red Burgundys from Joseph Drouhin, Lucian Boillot, Joseph Voillot, Bouchard and Louis Latour. I tried all sixteen and there wasn’t a clunker on the table. Very nice. I particually enjoyed these whites: Louis Latour’s 08 & 09 Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru, 09 Puligny Montrachet “Les Tuffieres” 1er Cru and the 09 Corton Charlemagne.

My favorite white Burgundy of the night was the 08 J. Drouhin “Clos des Mouches” 1er Cru. Very tasty. Some of the reds I enjoyed were Drouhin’s 09 Savigny Les Beune “Clos de Godeaux” 1er Cru, and the 08 Chambole Musiigny. My favorite red Burgundy of the night was the 09 J. Drouhin “Clos des Mouches” The flies win.

There wasn’t much from Italy at the event but what I enjoyed was the  05 Terrasole Pinino “pinone” Brunello di Montalcino Reserva. Very rich, silky fruit more Cali than Italy.