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Celebrating Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2014

“So what do you think will happen to the 2014 Vintage?” I asked every producer I came across at the Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne, created in 1992 by the BIVB and held ever other year in March. The reason I asked with such urgency at this early stage was because the gorgeous golden sun […]



2005 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin

Drinking well this moment. Nose ripe with concentrated morello red cherry and earthy minerality, palate very structured with rich ripe red fruit and some blackcurrant in the background, acidity racy medium and tannin grippy and medium, very refined. finish long and mineral with a focus of red concentrated fruit.



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Hospieces de Beaune 2013: Story Behind Success

“The two Burgundian grape varieties were both badly treated by the weather throughout the vegetative cycle,” begins Roland Masse, in his opening address to journalists during the official tasting of the Vente des Vins des Cuvees de la Recolte 2013 du Domaine Hospieces de Beaune. Despite this news, wine for this charity event run by […]



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Visiting Domaine Parent in Pommard

“Welcome, and watch your head!” says vivacious Anne Parent, winemaker for Domaine Parent.  We are standing in the beautiful cellar beneath the winery, gleaming barrels of expensive new French oak holding young red wine. I’ve met Anne many times in New York, as she was VP for the BIVB and very active in educating Americans […]



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Visiting Domaine Lamarche

“Take your time with this,” says Nicole Lamarche, speaking of the Grand Crus we are here to taste.  It is a “frozen” November day, though inside it is warm and the view of the neatly planted vineyards across the way is beautiful.  And so is winemaker Nicole and her sister Natalie, looking Vogue magazine camera-ready.  […]



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Visiting Paul Pernot

Paul Pernot & Fils As you can see from the picture above, Paul Pernot has lived quite a full life .. he left school at 14 to help his family, then fought in World War II. Yet when it comes to quality Mr. Pernot is quite intense … he watches what is going on in […]



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Visiting Stephane Magnien in Burgundy

Stephane is now the 4th generation to work this domaine in Morey St. Denis, and while his father is still very much in charge, it is the youngest Stephane that leads our tasting today. The winery is situated in the Cotes de Nuit between Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. The family uses very natural methods (hand […]



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Visiting Domaine Gallois in Gevrey-Chambertin

“In 2012 Mother Nature made the selection,” says Dominique Gallois, in response to my question about the intense concentration of the basic Bourgogne rouge, which I attributed to low yields and careful selection. This is my second visit to this estate, and now I can confirm that there is something very special about Dominique and […]



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Visiting Domaine de la Perriere

“Here I am close to my garden so if I have to make adjustments I can do them quickly,” says Benigne Joliet, speaking of the five hectares of vines near his winery. Benigne has come quite a long way in the two years since my first visit. His English has progressed much further than my […]



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Visiting Domaine Langoureau in Burgundy

“Nice cat,” I say, greeting Nathalie Langoureau in the cellar as her husband Sylvain is out in the vineyards. All around us barrels are fermenting or otherwise developing inside the cask. The couple own several small vineyards throughout St. Aubin, Meursault, Puligny, and Chassagne.  They hand pick and ensure low yields by pruning to a […]



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Visiting Meo Camuzet in Vosne Romanee

“Welcome,” says Jean Meo, the charismatic and energetic face behind the famous Meo Camuzet label.  Parisian raised, at the tender age of 20 with a myriad of career possibilities before him, he was faced with the question: Do you want to move to Burgundy and run the winery, or not? The answer is clear, as […]



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Visiting Domaine Bart in Marsannay

“Ah, this is a gift from my cooper!” exclaims handsome Martin Bart, when I ask about his very cool t-shirt, that somehow matches his wild, flamboyant, Albert Einstein-ish hair.  Apparently the cooper gives producers different t-shirts each year, with the 2013 version purple. Okay – we are in Marsannay. For many years, perhaps centuries, it […]



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Hospices de Beaune 2014

Discovering Burgundy can be a life-long pursuit.  Few other places in the world can you have your right foot in one type of soil, and your left foot in a completely different soil. And though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the two main grapes of the regions, they take on a different expression in each […]



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Meeting Philippe Bardet of Louis Max (wines from Burgundy)

  Very exciting afternoon today as I met – and spoke French with – Philippe Bardet, a charming gentleman from five generations of wine growers who a handful of years ago became President Director General of Louis Max, a company first established in 1859. Louis Max wines are now available in the American market, and […]



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Bourgogne Takes New York!

As a seasoned wine writer, I’ve seen my share of creative wine promotions, yet nothing – so far – has exceeded a recent promotion for Burgundy wine created by the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB) and Sopexa! The idea of the promotion was to showcase the the regions and wines of Burgundy and show how well […]



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Somm Guild Chablis Tutored Tasting

Fabulous tasting today with the Somm Guild at CorkBuzz! Matt Stamp MS led a tutored tasting of different appelations, from Petit Chablis to Grand Cru. The first hour was basically a history of the region from 90 AD … the Romans made wine, yet waves of different rulers changed the structure every few centuries. Then, […]



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From Terroir to Climats in NYC with Burgundy Wine Board

How fabulous to have Anne Parent as a speaker in today’s presentation for NYC journalists and trade about the terroir of Burgundy. The audience consisted of the city’s most vibrant journalists and trade representatives — and even though most of us were familiar with Burgundy and its terroir — it was so valuable to taste […]



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Grandes Maisons Grands Crus Dinner at Clos de Vougeot

“This is absolutely fantastic!” a guest exclaims, entering the ground floor reception area of the famous Clos de Vougeot and seeing handsomely uniformed waiters pouring tastes of the region’s finest red and white wines. Everyone here is thrilled to be invited to the Union des Maisons de Vins de Bourgogne event which features the world’s […]



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11th Edition Les Grands Jours in Burgundy

Fabulous 11th edition of the Grands Jours for trade and media in Burgundy. This was my 3rd time at the event (which takes place every two years) and involves tasting the wines of various regions each day of the week. For example, Monday’s event took place at the Maison des Vins de Chablis et du […]



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Diva Beaune Event

Fabulous two days of tasting at Diva Beaune, a small event in conjunction with the Grands Jours de Bourgogne where small producers as well as major names and brands poured wine. I discovered many talented small producers here. Didier et Jean Louis AMIOT Domaine Robert AMPEAU et Fils Domaine Marquis D’ANGERVILLE Domaine ARLAUD Père et […]