Fine Wine Course 5: White Burgundy

19th Feb 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Burgundy is a gently curving arc of nearly 300 kilometres / 180 miles, from Chablis in the north to Lyon in the south, via the Côte d'Or (Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune), the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais. The region provides some of the clearest demonstrations of what we mean by terroir, the notion, French in origin, that certain combinations of soil, site and grape variety offer the potential, to a winemaker, of producing tastes and qualities that are different from, and finer than, those of a different location. It is best exemplified by the region's Appellation hierarchy: Generic, Village or Commune, Premier Cru and Grand Cru.

It is this quality 'calibration', from four fine vintages, that we examine in detail in this tasting, from simple but delicious Village wines: Chablis and St Véran, through fine Premier Crus from Chablis and the Côte de Beaune, to the depth, breadth and excitement of top Grands Crus also from these two areas. The opportunity to compare them next to each other gives an excellent idea of what to look for and what to expect from these different (and very differently priced!) quality levels.

There will be a basic Facts and Figures sheet on Burgundy.

 

2010 Chablis (William Fèvre)

 

2010 Chablis 1er Cru Mt de Milieu  (Pinson)

 

2008 Chablis Grand Cru Preuses (William Fèvre)

 

2010 St Véran (Drouhin)

 

2009 Bourgogne Chardonnay (Coche Dury)

 

2009 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru (Louis Jadot)

 

2008 Puligny-Montr. 1er Cru Combottes (Sauzet)

 

2008 Chevalier-Montrachet, Grand Cru (Sauzet)

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8 Wines, plus Canapés ....... £98

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