Thursday, June 5, 2008

Burgundy cont'd

We did a good mix of existing growers and new exciting discoveries this year - I will deal first with our old friends....

Philippe Chavy - Philippe was his usual enthusiastic self and, I have to say, i like his wines more and more each year. He has excellent holdings in both Puligny Montrachet and Meursault and all his wines reflect their origins perfectly, are really well balanced and are marked out by a freshness, a nervosité that seems to be the Chavy trademark. As usual, we preferred the Meursault Narvaux and the Puligny Corvees des Vignes cuvees, but we will take whatever is available, they were all excellent.

Domaine Darviot Perrin - Didier was laid up in bed with some eye complaint, so his ever charming wife brought us through the amazing selection of wines from this immaculate domaine in Monthelie. They have really good, mature vineyard holding in Chassagne and Meursault as well and, unusually for the Cotes de Beaune, produce a large range of red wines as well as their sought-after whites. We tasted the 2006s and the quality was very high from the basic bourgognes in red and white through the Chassagne Montrachet Bergerie, Meursault Tessons, the various premier crus and of course , the red Chassagne 1er cru Les Bondues. (We later had the 2000 of this wine and it was excellent.)

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