Tour de Bourgogne

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Reported by Malcolm Rose

It was a full house for the premium Burgundy tasting held at the Vendage Institute on April 11, 2013. Led by Board members Allan Martineau and Malcolm Rose, the evening started off with a short slide presentation of photos taken by Allan and Malcolm during their past trips to this iconic region of France along with maps showing the location of the wineries where the wines that were being served were made.

Four flights of premium wines from the outstanding 2009 vintage were presented so that participants could experience the subtle regional differences and styles of wines from different regions including Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis.

The first flight of four wines was comprised of white Burgundies including:

  • Eric Forest l?Ame Forest Pouilly- Fuissé, 2009, $27.95
  • Domaine Michel Caillot Meursault, 2009, $42.95
  • Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru, 2009, $78.00
  • Baillot Millot Chassagne- Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru, 2009, $79.95

Of the wines in this flight, there were significant variations in flavour and scents. Of the four, the Chablis Grand Cru was voted the most popular amongst the attendees. Many people thought it had more characteristics of a Meursault than the steely crispness that defines wines from Chablis. This particular wine was quite aromatic with scents and flavours of smoke, nuts and butterscotch with a slight, but persistent bitter finish.

The second flight of two red wines from the Côte Chalonnaise region included:

  • Château De Rully Rully Moleseme 1er Cru, 2009, $25.95
  • Château Phillipe Le-Hardi Mercurey Les Puillets 1er Cru, 2009, $29.95

In this flight, 11 people preferred the Chateau de Rully. Both wines were more light bodied in nature reflecting the regional characteristics of the terroir. The wines were similar in appearance, somewhat austere in character with good acidity and tart cherry flavours.

The third flight was made up of four red wines from the Cote de Beaune region:

  • Domaine Rodet Chateau de Mercy Hautes Cotes de Beaune, 2009, $19.95
  • Earl Roger Beland Santenay- Commes 1er Cru, 2009, $33.95
  • Chateau Phillipe-Le-Hardi Les Brunettes et Planchots Aloxe- Corton, 2009, $39.95
  • Louis Latour Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru, 2009, $145.00

All wines in this flight were rated as very good with the Domaine Rodet taking the prize for best value (taste/ price) of the four wines. The crowd favourite however, was the Corton Grancey, which many felt was reminiscent of a new world Pinot. It was an exceptionally well-crafted wine with loads of lush cherry/black cherry flavours with excellent balance, well integrated tannins and a long fruity finish.

The final flight of four reds consisted of selections from the famed Cote de Nuits region of the Cote D?Or:

  • Henri de Villamont Gevrey- Chambertain les Évocelles, 2009, $42.95
  • Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts 1er Cru, 2009, $74.95
  • Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Nuits- St-Georges Les Vignes Rondes 1er Cru, 2009, $75.00
  • Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes 1er Cru, 2009, $110.00

These were felt to be exceptional, full-bodied wines with rich aromas of cherries, roses, tobacco, leather and coffee. On the palate these wines did not disappoint and it was difficult for those in attendance to pick a favourite. The Chambolle Musigny possessed a particular softness that seemed somewhat more refined and elegant than the other three. However, none of the wines disappointed.

All in all, those in attendance enjoyed themselves and were very pleased with the wine selections. Undoubtedly, with age, these wines would have shown even more complexity, but even with only three years of aging, the wines were outstanding. Due to the overwhelming interest this tasting, the Guild is contemplating another premium Pinot tasting in the months to come. Stay tuned for details.