Looking Back on Burgundy
Jean-Michel Gaunoux gripped by the jaws of his cellar pooch
Last year, we journeyed to Burgundy to visit with our producers, a trip that resulted in the most recent addition to our French Portfolio, Domaine de la Douaix. And so, as we were reflecting, we thought we’d revisit the posts that came of the trip (with a selection of unpublished photographs), for those who might have missed them the first time around.
A warm and unassuming man, Jean-Michel Gaunoux led us with a soft smile down to the cellar, where we perused the dusty bottles lying in wait. Here, amidst barrels and spectacular patterns of mold on the vaulted brick walls, he holds each vintage until it’s ready to be released, including his 1998 Pommard, which apparently is still too tight for the market. After a brief tour, we ascended the spiral staircase to visit the tasting room, so that we could taste through the bottles…(Read more here.)
Tasting in the cellar of Domaine Tortochot
As a 4th generation vintner, Chantal Tortochot worked with her father, Gabriel Tortochot, until he passed away in 2001, when she took over the Domaine. With a total of 11ha, Tortochot owns 30 parcels, which is unusual in Gevrey-Chambertin where there are 90 producers, many of whom rent their vineyards. In addition to their holdings in Gevery-Chambertin, the family also owns seven rows of the famed Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru…(Read more here.)
TASTING AT DOMAINE TORTOCHOT:
Last week, we published our first piece on the journey to Burgundy, beginning with our trip to Domaine Tortochot, and now it’s time to follow with some tasting notes. After walking through the 2011 vintage, sampling from the cellar barrels, we moved to the tasting room upstairs to taste from the bottles.
Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Jeunes Rois” 2010
From the lieu-dit, “Les Jeunes Rois”, in the Commune Appellation of Gevrey-Chambertin, this is a vineyard with 30-year-old vines. The nose here is wild–wild horses, spiced forest undergrowth, twigs and bramble fruit; notes that deliver on the palate too. The fruit is light, and the acidity is distant star bright, with tannins that express a minerality that lingers… (Read more here.)
Julie Belland of Domaine Roger Belland
IN THE VINEYARD WITH JULIE BELLAND:
Bordering Santenay in Chassagne-Montrachet, sits Clos Pitois, the 3ha monopole of Domaine Roger Belland. Created in 1421, this climat is planted to half Pinot Noir and half Chardonnay, and was purchased by Julie Belland’s grandfather on his wedding day in the 1950′s, when he then replanted Clos Pitois for the fifth time since its original planting by the monks of Abbaye de Morgeot, the remains of which sit just down the road… (Read more here.)
Didier Delagrange of Domaine Henri Delagrange et Fils
DOMAINE HENRI DELAGRANGE ET FILS:
A gregarious man of zest and joie de vivre, Didier Delagrange is the 6th generation vintner at the family-owned Domaine Henri Delagrange et Fils, who began working with his parents in 1990, until he took to the reins in 2003. With 15ha under vine across the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Aloxe Corton, Meursault and Haute Cote de Beaune, Delagrange has been with TEW for the past 10 years, and so we were received like family when we visited with Didier to taste his wines and tour through the vineyards… (Read more here.)