Posts tagged "France"
Is Cru Beujolais the World's Most Verstile Wine?

Is Cru Beujolais the World’s Most Verstile Wine?

I have a deep and profound, yet giddy love of Cru Beaujolais and I reckon I am not alone in this world with this feeling I am sure.  I recently sat down with an old friend and Beaujolais lover and some Beaujolais newbies to taste through several Crus and check in on what makes Cru...
Champagne & Scooby Snacks

Champagne & Scooby Snacks

I love Champagne in all it’s wonderful array of colors, but I especially like when it takes on a biscuit like flavor.  Upon tasting this very fine bottle of Saint Chamant Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002 the first thing that sprang to mind was that it was one Scooby Snack of a bottle.  I always wondered...
Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

For the first time I attended a La Paulée event; the Vertical Producer Tasting to be exact.  Just in case you are not familiar with La Paulée it is, in a nutshell, a celebration of the wines of Burgundy.  I had never been to a La Paulée before for a variety of reasons like, I...
Champagne is Changing, but Hopefully Not Too Much!

Champagne is Changing, but Hopefully Not Too Much!

Although the drink known as Champagne is changing before our very eyes with Grower Champagne and single vineyards on the rise as driving market forces, one shouldn’t forget that great classic champagnes from historic houses can provide some of the most singular wine experiences, especially with age. I was very clearly reminded of this at...
Clos de la Roilette - Griffe du Marquis:  The Black Unicorn

Clos de la Roilette – Griffe du Marquis: The Black Unicorn

In the small pantheon of great Cru Beaujolis producers, Clos de la Roilette is certainly one of the finest.  And while their Cuvée Tardive certainly garners it’s fair share of well deserved attention, it’s rarer Griffe du Marquis is a gem.  The famed label featuring the horse head maybe easy to distinguish, but perhaps they...
Beaujolais:  Why Earth is Better Than Heaven

Beaujolais: Why Earth is Better Than Heaven

I can’t help but thinking of Burgundy when I drink Cru Beaujolais, and vice versa.  And I can’t help thinking about a conversation with a friend who suggested that Burgundy is always reaching for the stars, for a pinnacle if you will.  While other wines, such as Cru Beaujolais, are so firmly rooted in the...
Robert Chevillon, Nuits Saint Georges, and a lesson in terroir.

Robert Chevillon, Nuits Saint Georges, and a lesson in terroir.

Understanding the wines of Burgundy is sometimes just down right frustrating.  So many producers, so many crus, so much terroir.  Who can really make heads or tails of it all and who gives a damn anyway.  This is the kind of stuff that often runs through my mind when I think about Burgundy. Yet I...
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
Jean Bourdy:  Jura Symphonic

Jean Bourdy: Jura Symphonic

In the continuing series entitled “Reasons not to hate Chardonnay”, please find Jean Bourdy 2005 Cotes du Jura Blanc.  There is a lot to love about wines from the Jura, and many great and interesting producers.  But the one producer with a real sense of history, it seems to me, is Jean Bourdy.  They are...
Über Winos Summit:  Fall 2012

Über Winos Summit: Fall 2012

I live in NYC.  Okay, well Brooklyn actually, but you know what I mean.  And I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of great people who are involved with wine, be it in the industry or as a consumer, or somewhere in between.  So it comes with the territory in a place like...
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...