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Domaine d’Eugenie

Located in Vosne Romanee, this was bought in 2005 by François Pinault, owner of Château Latour in Bordeaux. Today yields are low and much effort has been done in the vineyard,  including a substantial programme of replacing missing individual vines, which will be picked separately and declassified into the village Vosne in their youth. Though […]



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David Durband

So I first discovered David Duband’s wines at a previous La Paulee event, and then again last year at a “Diva” tasting at the Hospieces de Beaune. I hear he has been gradually been making a name for himself as part of the new generation of high quality red wine producers in the Côte de […]



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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Pierre Yves Colin worked as winemaker for his father (Marc Colin) until 2005, and now has holdings in Chassagne-Montrochet (where his domaine is located) and also produces Meursault, St. Aubin, and Puligny Montrachet. He differs in that he uses larger demi-muid barrels, does not use battonge, and is terroir-focused. More when I meet him!



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Clos de Tart

In 1141 Clos de Tart was sold to the nuns of Nôtre Dame de Tart by the Knights Hospitaller and – cutting to the chase – it was bought by the Mommessin family, having had only three owners in 900 years. It is one of only six Grand Cru “monopolies” in Burgundy along with La […]



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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

It is hard to find much information about this domaine other than that it is located in Macon and the farming is organic. He visited many famous Burgundian winemakers for their advice and feels that vines should be “pampered.”  He harvests fully mature grapes, when pressed the juice undergoes a light racking, and tries to […]



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Domaine Alain Burguet in Gevrey Chambertin

Of Alain Burguet Becky Wasserman wrote: “I met Alain Burguet a long, long time ago when a Gevrey winemaker, supremely confident of his own standing in the Gevrey hierarchy, introduced me not only to Alain but to Denis Bachelet. At that time, perhaps definitions were a clearer issue, and Alain’s Gevrey (that was all he […]



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Bouchard Pere & Fils

So first, the history … I’ve been to this Chateau many times, and never really thought about the fabulous estate. In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts […]



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La Paulee USA 2015 Simon Bize

Okay, so the picture above – showing the “finished wine” in a celebration mode, is a little bit more attractive than the photo showing all the hard back breaking work below … … yet it’s always interesting to contrast the two. I first heard about the wines of Domaine Bize many years ago in Burgundy. […]



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Vertical Tasting Preview: La Paulee 2015 NYC

  In 2012, I had the extreme good fortune to travel to San Francisco and among other meetings, attend the verticals tasting for Daniel Johannes., creator of the  USA-based La Paulee, modeled after the traditional La Paulée de Meursault, a lunch celebrating the end of the harvest in Burgundy, France. Originally the celebration included only […]



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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 […]