Burgundy Tasting at Studio TEW
Monday night, we hosted a tasting at Studio TEW to showcase our Burgundy wines. Featuring selections from Romain Bouchard in Chablis, alongside wines from Domaine Roger Belland, Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Domaine Delagrange, and Domaine Tortochot, all of whom reside in Cote d’Or, the event was held in house–an intimate space –for some of our closest friends at T. Edward Wines.
Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux
“The most recent additions to the French book are Jean-Michel Gaunoux in Meursault and Domaine Tortochot in Gevrey-Chambertin,” says Patrick, our French Portfolio Director. “Both of these producers were added this summer after I spent two weeks in Burgundy searching for top producers to add to our book.
“Jean-Michel is rather quietly making some of the best wines in Meursault,” adds Patrick. “He has been working the family vineyards and winery since his early teens and it’s clear that he has the intimate knowledge of his terroir necessary to make world class Burgundy. Since 1990 he has been doing it on his own with the start of his own Domaine. I am convinced that anyone who tastes his Meursault Perrieres is going to be blown away!
“Domaine Tortochot has been flying under the radar for a long time,” continues Patrick. “Gabriel Tortochot was in charge of the Domaine that his grandfather started after WWI until 1996. His daughter Chantal took the reins and this is when some big changes starting taking place. A new building was built behind the centuries old winery. Chantal wanted lots of space and the ability to be ultra-clean. She invested in a state of the art bottling line to be able to fully control her production from start to finish. In the vineyards Chantal began bringing the vines back to their full potential. Most of these vineyards were re-planted between 1947 and 1950. In 2003, Chantal experimented with full organic viticulture in a plot of her Corvee vineyard. The results were so positive that every Tortochot vineyard started conversion to organic in 2008 and as of 2011 Domaine Tortochot is 100% EcoCert certified. These wines are exceptional in every way. Aromatically they explode, texturally they are seamless and elegant and the prices are very reasonable. I think it is going to shock our customers that you can get Cotes de Nuit of this quality at these prices.
“What’s happening to our Burgundy book is exciting,” concludes Patrick. “It’s not about getting an established super-star as much as it’s about finding the diamonds in the rough.”
A Few Tasting Notes:
Romain Bouchard Chablis 1er Cru “Vau de Vay” 2009–Minerality like calcified fossils on the nose, with a mandarin spritz (when the fruit is split) mid-palate, followed by white pepper and (soft) preserved lemon notes that linger…lovely!
Domaine Roger Belland Chassagne Montrachet Rouge “Morgeot Clos Pitois” 2008–Silky, with minerally blood orange notes and tannins like citrus rind. A distant cousin of Jura…
Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru “Perrieres” 2007–Star anise, stone fruit and rocks, with a kiss of white pepper on the finish. A beauty…
Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Folatieres” 2007–Dirty minerality with a mid-palate coniferous herbaceousness and apricot fruit that sits close to the stone.
Domaine Tortochot Morey St Denis 2009–Cherry rose petals and smoked rocks from the stack of a chimney long collapsed, with great acidity and cherry infused tea leaves on the finish.
Domaine Tortochot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru “Champeaux” 2009–A stone sword driven through the heart of a cherry, with floral ginger notes. Light tannins and bright acidity, silky and drinkable, yet oh so age-worthy.