Sunday, December 28, 2014

Visiting Bourgogne day 1 and 2

Hi all,

Just keeping notes as we go so that I don't get completely lost at the end.
Visiting Bourgogne between Christmas and New Years is far from being ideal, as many wineries are on vacation, but we make do by actually calling the wine makers and speaking to them in French on the phone.

In all cases our hotel in Beaunes, le Cep , is maybe among the best we ever stayed at. The quality of the services is unbelievable and it is very well located. We can only recommend it. And the restaurant next door, l'Oiseaux des Vignes, is also amazing, both for the food and the wine  : they serve 70 wines by the glass, all 1er Cru and higher !



L'Oiseau des Vignes

Dinner at l'Oiseau des vignes, clos sommelier Tomy Germaneau had a great PRESTIGE 5 wine selection. He also recommended we visit :
Domaine Jean Noel Gagnard, 9 places des Noyers 21190 a Chassagne-Montrachet.
Also Domaine Marc Colinet Fils , 9 rue de la Chateniere 21190 a St. Aubin.
They were both closed until Jan :(



Delagranges in Beaunes

Delagranges (centre Beaunes, proprietes a Mersault) : mostly Volnay in red I think. Volnay Clos du Village , monopole, and Volnay 1er Cru les Caillerets.

Atheneum in Beaunes

Atheneum : wine shop, use a Coravin, tried all kind of amazing wines, 10+, left with Grands Cru Clot Vougeot, the Pulligny-Montrachet La Velle , Vendenges Botyrisees Michel ....

La P'tite Cave

La P'tite Cave , centre Beaunes aussi. Here tried a few wines and bought some Mercuray. Very nice , Bouhin Stephanie, recommended I talk to to Domaine d'Ardhuy , Clos des Langres, 21700 Corgoloin , 03 80 62 98 73. But they are closed until Jan :(
Afternoon :

Natalie Vigot in Vosne Romanee

Visited domaine Natalie Vigot in Vosne Romanee. Pick up in office du tourisme. She has 1 hec (10,000 sq m) but only cultivates 1800 sq m in Vosne Romanee Village and 1800 sq m in Vosne Romanee 1er Cru. Her lot is a little higher on the hill and very close to Romanee Conti, of course. Got some 1er Cru , 3 bottles, of 2 different years. At 45 Euro they look like a good deal. She makes a living from this little winery and does everything herself.

Jacques Francois in Nuits-Saint-Georges

On the way back to Beaune stopped at the wine shop Jacques Francois in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Tried some Marsannay, and bought some Marsannay from Roty winery. Also some Bousselots Les Saint Georges, 1er Cru, et Nuits St Georges Village Christophe Chevaux.




On Friday skipped caves Patriarches, I hope to go back maybe.
But had a very nice lunch in Beaunes where I had a Maranges , La Fussiere 1er Cru.
In the afternoon did 3 wineries :
Caveau Moillard , also center Nuits-Saint-Georges. Had some amazing Chassagne-Montrachet, white of course. Then tried a few reds but only really liked the Hautes Cotes de Nuits red, which was very rich in Cassis , even maybe Cassis gem. The interesting part is that here you can self-tour the winery facilities.


Then I drove around and randomly ran into domaine Gavinet. Since 1880 , in Nuits St George, for 4 or 5 generations. They do their wine as 3 family members. They had a nice selection but I didn't like it much. 1 white, Haute Cote de Nuits et 4 reds, among which a Grand Cru. I didn't try the Grand Cru, but the rest were very well priced but I didn't like them too much, just bought 3 bottles of Nuits St George Village at 15 euro each. I wish I could have tried the Grand Cru :)


And the last visit of the day was the Domaine Dufouleur, also downtown Saint Georges. They are part of a large family , their branch sells the wine and their cousins make it. They have it staged for visitors, and have a cute tasting room. Upfront they will only offer to taste the 4 cheapest options of wines in the region : Hautes Cotes de Nuit , Red and White, and Nuits St George Village red and white and only 1 Nuits St George 1er Cru. We also got to try a Volnay les Caillerets 1er Cru 2006 which happened to be open. However, all these "cheaper" wines were all 2008 or about 6 years old and we were very surprised by the quality, once again mostly by the whites. So we left with a case of the Nuits St George Village white and a few bottles of the Volnay and Nuits St George 1er Crus.
Today, we have plans for Chateau de Pommard, Domaine Gauffroy et peut etre le Marche aux Vins a Beaunes.

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