EXPERIENCE BEAUNE MIXED CASE
CÔTE DE BEAUNE
In terms of wine and wonder, Beaune is the capital of Burgundy. An architectural gem from the late Middle Ages built on a rabbit warren of cellars, Beaune is in every sense an old-style market town, humming with the business of Burgundy. Giving its name to the surrounding Côte de Beaune, the town traditionally represented the whole of the region.
But things have changed of late. As Burgundy’s reputation has grown, the villages of the Côte de Beaune have had ever-increasing cachet. Today it’s not the villages, but the vineyards within those villages that capture the world’s attention. The notion of ‘terroir’, that every vineyard is unique because the soil beneath it is unique, has come to define Burgundy and its wine.
The present-day map of the Côte de Beaune is definitely large-scale. From atop the Corton mountain to the north of Beaune you can see the villages of Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix down the eastern flank. Pernand-Vergelesses is round the other side. Savigny-les Beaune is in the distance. But in each of these villages there are dozens and dozens of vineyards – grand cru, premier cru, village appellations – each named and each held in greater or lesser esteem.
And so it continues as you head south through Beaune into the vineyards beyond. We speak broadly of wines from Pommard, Meursault, Volnay, from any of the villages of the Côte de Beaune. And here again it is true: the road map reads like a wine list. But the geological complexity beneath these villages pulls us even closer. Where does Pommard end and Volnay begin? That’s easy.
Includes 3 bottles of each plus includes ground shipping:
Domaine Borgeot Chassagne-Montrachet 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016
The Domaine Borgeot makes one of the purest and most consistent styles in Chassagne-Montrachet today. This village Chassagne comes from 50 year old vines, and it's fat. But by no means flabby. With orange flower richness and dusty minerality and good acidity to hold it all in suspension, this wine (as is often the case with Borgeot wines) drinks way above its appellation. There is a spiciness that almost reminds you of muscat, but the structure says Borgeot.
Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny les Beaune White 2017
Jean-Jacques Girard knows Savigny les Beaune. And while 85% of Savigny is red, there is a lovely strain of minerality that comes out of this valley. and with the village appellation Savigny les Beaune blanc, Jean Jaques shows us what is possible. The nose is like an apple orchard, fresh fruit and apple pie spices in the air. Rich, supple, pure, and then a bite of that pie! This one is ripe, fresh and shows a good deal of complexity.
Jean-Claude Rateau Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Bressandes 2013
Jean-Claude has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay and limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. Long, slow fermentation with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in not-new oak. The aromas are subtle and complex with black fruits, earth, violets and spice. The palate is relatively light, but intense with black cherry, earth and saline minerality. No "fruit bomb" here, but rather a traditional Burgundy, showing off it’s impressive ‘terroir’.
Domaine Pierre Thibert Chorey Les Beaune 2015
Pierre Thibert is a ‘garagiste’ no more! And we’re here to report on big changes in this small-production, top-quality, self-made domain. Pierre and his wife, Aline, have accomplished what many say is no longer possible in Burgundy: they built a solid family domain, a world-class reputation and a sophisticated style over the course of a single generation. They created something out of nothing! Delicate and supple, rich and full of Pinot Noir character. Crimson with classic red and black fruits set off by earth and spice. Good and subtle tannic structure finishing long on fruit