Burgundy vineyards are well known for their history. Here, there are Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes for the red wine and Chardonnay and Aligote grapes for the white wine. The mention of appellation or plot (Clos) is very important, as on the same vineyard, different winemakers can produce a wines of different quality. Of course, the prestigious wines like premier crus and grand crus are the most desirable, but with 84 quality geographic areas which are full of wines to discover. After years of tasting and experience, we have selected the quintessential wines.
We were surprised at our preference for the non Premier Cru cuvee Les Guignottes in 2011, the balance and poise were noticeable, of course as Arlette pointed out the 1er cru was probably just in its shell, either way this is a fine Chardonnay, steely and pure.
Roger and his daughter Julie represent the fifth and sixth generations of Belland vineyard owners and winemakers in the Cote d'Or. Dating back to 1839, the Domaine consists of 23 hectares across the communes in the area.
Using no pesticides for almost 20 years, the family ploughs the soil to control the weeds, while encouraging the roots to dig deeper. Grass is encouraged to grow between the rows to stimulate microbial activity that drastically limits the need for treatment of the vines. The result is maximum expression of "terroir", from 50 year-old Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines.
Ripe bunches are hand-cut from the vine, vinification takes place in a modern winery and ageing occurs in oak barrels that are up to three years old.
Domaine Bourdons Macon Vergisson is a brilliant value Chardonnay, with more generosity and concentration than the straight Macon. Demonstrating a lovely tension, with grapefruit and Mango hints, its just easy drinking and very moreish, with minerality, and freshness fruit on the finish. there is always plenty of rich Chardonnay character to this Cuvee.
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes on clay & limestone vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested. The wine spends 10 months in French oak barriques (max 20% new oak)
High quality wine has been produced on this small plot for hundreds of years, but the vineyards origins have been lost to the fog of history; the first known reference of this Grand Cru is from 1508. This wine has a rich savoury nose with layers of spice, fruit and wood followed by gentle attack on the palate with velvet tannins, elegant structure and remarkable length.
Bruno Colins Chassagne Montrachet Rouge from the 2015 vintage is made from 100% Pinot Noir and grown on clay-limestone soil with vines of 45 years old. The grapes are hand harvested and the wine is aged for 12 months, with 25% new oak. This is a wines of great complextity, offering aromas of ripe red fruits, lovely concentration and texture and excellent aging potential.
Hailing from the Grand Cru vineyard of Musigni in the Clos Vougeot, his bottle of red Burgundy is delightfully summery! Were talking sweet red fruit, freshly cut roses and violets, truffle and mint. Give this ten years for everything to settle down and enjoy its long life beyond that! Serve cool (15-16oC) to give the wine refreshing lift!