Next Week: Beaune Bound
Julie Belland by Wine Terroirs
Next week, the ladies of TEW are Burgundy Bound. Bursting at the seams of spring, we cannot wait to step foot into Beaune, where we’ll be attending the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, Salon des Jeunes Talents. Arriving in Paris on Thursday morning, we’ll acclimate before visiting with Jean-Michel Gaunoux, our Meursault producer with three 1er Cru sites in “Perrieres”, “Genevrieres”, and “Les Gouttes d’Or”. It’s the first time in Burgundy for all of us but one, and we look forward to setting our palates right with Gaunoux, whose family has been in the Cote d’Or for centuries.
The next day, we’re visiting the Salon des Jeunes Talents, a heartbeat away from the Hospices de Beaune. Showcasing 49 up-and-coming producers from Chablis to Nuits-St-George, to Chassagne-Montrachet and Pouilly-Fuissé, the Salon des Jeunes promises dialogue with young producers and glimpses into the future of Burgundy, through a sipping glass.
Here we’ll be hanging with and supporting Julie Belland who now oversees her father’s Domaine Roger Belland. As a young female producer in Burgundy, Julie is a superstar, as far as we’re concerned. Shaking things up at the Domaine, with a little less oak on her wines, Julie produced her first vintage in 2009.
After visiting with Julie at the Salon des Jeunes Talents, we’re scheduled to visit Domaine Roger Belland for a taste and a tour. Later in the day, we’ll visit with Domaine Henri Delagrange, of Volnay. Vineyard owners since 1570, the Delagrange family has been making wine for four generations. With holdings in Volnay, Pommard, Aloxe-Corton, Mersault and Haute Cote de Beaune, Didier Delagrange also owns one of the best plots in the 1er Cru “Clos des Chenes”.
Stay tuned for more on our trip! We’ll be posting images to the blog from our adventures, and writing in-depth once we return.