Wine Tasting - New Releases of French White Burgundy|
JULY 3RD 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of French White Burgundy, for inclusion on our list. Bruce Magoon of Baker Distributing, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Burgundy wine (French: Bourgogne or Vin de Bourgogne) is wine made in the Burgundy region in eastern France, in the valleys and slopes west of the Saone River, a tributary of the Rhone. The most famous wines produced here - those commonly referred to as "Burgundies" - are red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. The Burgundian village of Puligny and the tiny, 18.5-acre Le Montrachet vineyard, which Puligny shares with the neighboring town of Chassagne. Le Montrachet was - and still is - considered the greatest white wine produced in France. "It should be drunk," Alexander Dumas said a century earlier, "on one's knees with hat in hand." Sadly, the Montrachet vineyard produces fewer than 3,000 cases a year of its intense, golden-green nectar. Fortunately, though, there is more to white Burgundy than Montrachet. From the inexpensive but appealing wines of Macon and Pouilly, produced in the southernmost part of the Burgundy appellation, or region, the Bourgogne Blancs or the Cote d-Or, to the elegant, flinty whites of Chablis in the far north, Burgundy produces a wealth of distinctive white wines. The Burgundy region's climate, which is much cooler than in the Chardonnay zones of California and Australia. Due to that coolness, the Chardonnay grapes harvested in Burgundy have higher acidity and less sugar, yielding wines that are tangier, lower in alcohol and lighter in body than their "new world" (non-European) counterparts.
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Josephine Dubois, Chardonnay Bourgogne, "Grand Reserve" 2009
Raphael Sallet, Macon-Uchizy, "Les Maranches" 2011
Francois Mercier, Montagny 1 er Cru, "Les Tronquets" 2011
Louis Michel & Fils, Chablis 2011
Joseph Drouhin, Pouilly-Fuisse 2010
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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