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Vintage White Burgundy:  Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

Vintage White Burgundy: Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

I almost think the risk of premox with older white Burgundies is less a threat than hitting a disappointing bottle red Burgundy.  There I said it… Boom!  With great risk comes great reward.  And perhaps that is what Burgundy is all about, and no where is this more true than with white Burgundy.  Is it...
The Joys of Opening Older Wine

The Joys of Opening Older Wine

While I don’t get to open older wines all that often, when I do I cannot help but get swept up in the nostalgia, the history, and the excitement.  In fact, it’s almost more important than what’s in the bottle.  I mean, as long as it’s not corked or hopelessly over the hill, then the...
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137:  Saint Aubin

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137: Saint Aubin

The 2009 vintage was a watershed moment for wine regions throughout France.  It put serious Beaujolais, Cru Beaujolais, (back) on the map and it set record prices in Bordeaux.  It also yielded a great vintage in Burgundy.  And while it may not be the most classic vintage of all time, it is certainly a vintage...
Did 2009 Burgundy make me a believer?

Did 2009 Burgundy make me a believer?

Did the 2009 vintage in Burgundy make me a believer?  Maybe it was a recent bottle of Domaine de la Romanée Coniti that I (finally) tasted?  I am not sure how it all happened really, but after being a hater for some time, I finally feel like I have come to Burgundy. Or did Burgundy...
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #57:  Domaine de la Tournelle

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #57: Domaine de la Tournelle

Domaine de la Tournelle is producing some of the finest wines in the Jura region.  I was pretty blown away by a recent bottle of their Ploussard that reminded me not a little of great Barolo, and I was equally blown away by their Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay.  This is not Chardonnay as most people...
Jura and Piemonte:  is there a connection?

Jura and Piemonte: is there a connection?

I truly believe there is some type of connection between the Jura and Piemonte.  Whether it has to do with soils, climates, grape varieties, wine making techniques, or some mythical combo plus some fairy dust, I don’t know, but I cannot help but think of a Nebbiolo and classic Barolo when I drink red wines...
Saint Damien 2004 Gigondas "Vieilles Vignes"

Saint Damien 2004 Gigondas “Vieilles Vignes”

I rarely find myself reaching to the Southern Rhone as my first wine of choice.  But I found a little gem from Saint Damien in my parent’s cellar on the 4th of July and thought that the bold Gigondas palate might pair nicely with BBQ Chicken and other patriotic treats like baked beans, ghetto potatoes...
Louis Jadot 1991 "Le Montrachet" - Ol' White Burg

Louis Jadot 1991 “Le Montrachet” – Ol’ White Burg

After a week which included Domaine de al Romanée-Conti, amongst other things, it was with some “oh what the hell” moxie that we cracked into a bottle of well aged white Burgundy.  Louis Jadot 1991 “Le Montrachet” in fact.  Upon opening, it smelled promising, but upon tasting it was only okay.  By the time we...
Slaying the Last Dragon:  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Slaying the Last Dragon: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Well, it has been a long wait, but me and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have finally crossed paths.  And I can only sit here and wonder, is there really another great wine that I really need to try?  In fact, I am not even sure quite yet if this 1995 Grands Echézeaux asked or answered...
Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

I like to pit my favorite wine regions against each other, like super hero’s if you will.  Except they are not in a battle of good and evil; more like good and good.  So with some friends we drank some Nicolas Potel Burgundy, Viña Real Rioja, and Oddero Barolo (in that order) to see how...
Vignes du Maynes & the Oldest Organic Vineyard in the World?

Vignes du Maynes & the Oldest Organic Vineyard in the World?

Vignes du Maynes proudly bears a crest at the top of the bottle with the year 910 AD.  There is also speculation that the enclosed vineyards (16 acres) have never been treated with chemicals since the beginning.  If so, this may make Vignes du Maynes the oldest organic vineyard in the world? Whether this is...
Jean Francois Ganevat

Jean Francois Ganevat

Certainly one of the best and brightest stars of the Jura must be Jean Francois Ganevat.  I had only tried Ganevat once before, the well renowned Cuvee Julien, his take on Pinot Noir from the Jura.  And while I loved the wine, I did not love the price.  As far as wines from the Jura...