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Jeanne-Marie De Champs

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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 […]



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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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Visiting Burgundian Producers with Jeanne-Marie De Champs

  “I like a good farmer!” says Jeanne-Marie De Champs, owner of Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy. Jeanne-Marie represents over seventy producers and exports them to various countries, including the USA and my favorite wine stores. Jeanne-Marie is responding to my question about how she chooses the producers she represents. Each one I’ve met […]



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Visiting Chateau de la Maltroye

La Maltroye Winemaker and Chateau de la Maltroye owner Jean-Pierre Cournet has the exotic look of a jet-set film star as opens the door and greets us in his gorgeous 18th century Chateau in Chassagne-Montrachet.  It is high on a hill, with a gorgeous view of the village and darkening sky. And there’s something a […]



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A Visit to Domaine Meo Camuzet

  Domaine Meo Camuzet is a gorgeous, very modern looking winery in Vosne-Romanee. For many years I have been very excited to visit, because I know that Jeanne-Marie De Champs, owner of Domaines Et Saveurs Collection who  represents many top Burgundy wineries for export, trusts Meo Camuzet exclusively to elevate the wines she buys at […]



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Visiting winemaker Nicole Lamarche of Domaine Lamarche

Nicole Lamarche and her mother “Welcome!” says Nicole Lamarche, a petite, dark haired young woman with a quick, confident manner that silently supports the fact she is a brilliant winemaker. Since 1997 she has taken responsibility for the family’s prestigious line-up of Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, and the best of the Vosne 1er […]



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Domaine Dominique Gallois

“Welcome,” says the affable Dominique Gallois, owner and winemaker at Domaine Gallois, as his friendly dog wags a greeting. We have just driven through the charming, historic village of Gevrey-Chambertin to arrive at Mr. Gallois’s home and cellar, where a child’s bicycle is parked near the front door and two enthusiastic-looking music and video producers […]



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Visiting Domaine de la Perriere

  “Your grandfather actaually used that press!” I can’t help but exclaim, looking at the large, crude, roughly hewn 12th century wine press in the equally antiquated looking cellar. Anyone might believe it was used by ancient Mesapotanian slaves rather than a hard-toiling Burgundian winemaker atop a small hill in the appellation of Fixin. Yet […]



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Verticale La Grande Rue Tasting at Domaine Lammarche during Hospices de Beaune

      Extremely honored to be present at the Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue vertical in Vosne Romanee just before the 2010 Hospices de Beaune auction on November 18. Jeanne-Marie De Champs helped orchestrate this fabulous tasting of top wine writers, critics, and other experts, including Master of Wine and journalist Clive Coastes.   […]



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Visiting Rapet Pere Et Fils during Hospices de Beaune 2010

  Pernard-Verglesses based producer M. Rapet is a energetic, compact man with dark hair and a curious resemblance to his forefathers whose ancient black and white photograph occupies a wall of the tasting room. This winery has been around since 1765 and a silver Tastvin from the period proudly displayed on the same wall.

M. Rapet […]



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Visting Domaine Lafouge Jean et Gilles

jean gilles standing with Jeanne Marie de Champs A friendly wagging dog greets our arrival at the home of vignoble Gilles Lafouge, who now runs this sixth generation Auxey-Duresses winery. Like Sylvani Langoureau, Gilles Lafouge (the son) has his cellar, and a vat room, in his own middle class house located in a typical Burgundy […]