Knee-Deep in Burgundy

It’s the fourth day of the Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne tasting, and the sun is shining down on a bleak France that I’m sorry to say isn’t one bit warmer than when I visited in January. Fierce winds literally race the vineyards and visitors huddle close together for warmth as they wait for transportation or entrance into the tasting venues.


So far the week has featured tastings of wines from Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Nuit-Saint-Georges, Echezaux, Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Vougeot, Marsannay, Savigny-Les-Beaune, the Mâconnais, Fixin, Morey-Saint-Denis and Chablis. An incredible, almost dizzying array of wines that show-case what the region and its producers are capable of.

If I have learned two things this far through the fair it is that;

  • I know even less than I thought I did about Burgundy wines and regions.

  • Everyone seems to think that 2014 is going to be a great vintage.

And I can’t help but agree. A few wineries have been showcasing both 2013 and 2014, in some cases 2012, and even though the 2014’s have just been bottled or in some cases are still in barrel they have a restrained concentration and refinement that promises well for the future.

Some of my favorites thus far have included Domaine de Varoilles, Taupenot Merme, Domaine Felettig, Château de la Tour and Bruno Clavelier, and extensive tasting notes will follow at some point in time. But for now my shuttle awaits, and another day of extensive tasting lies before me.


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