Posted by hitnerwine on November 2, 2007 at 10:54 AM
Exploring the cellars (and the housed wines) of Burgundy
While in France during
(most of) the month of October 2007, I was fortunate enough to gain
admittance to some of the most prestigious wine houses of Burgundy,
from Domaine M�o-Camuzet to Joseph Drouhin (among others).
In the former house, in the course of just around half an hour, I was
guided through the entire barrel range of the yet-to-be-bottled 2006
vintage. It is not often I am able to sample so many astonishing wines
in one setting; and yet each wine was so brilliant and unique that it
is near-firmly ingrained into my memory just weeks later. Not to brag,
but I do possess an usually powerful recollection for such things as
taxes and tastes.
As would be expected, the most wonderful wine of the lot at Camuzet was
the Richebourg. Very closed on the nose, the palate was only starting
to reveal even the minutest subtleties one associates with a wine of
such wonder. I thank Nicholas for the honour of being able to sample an
item that will probably cost, per bottle, more than my flight to France!
At Joseph Drouhin, the wines sampled were, not being barrel samples,
much more complete and, in some cases, highly developed. My guide for
Drouhin was extremely generous in opening up old bottles, and I
got to sample some superb reds and whites from as far back as
Though each wine was spectacular unto itself, my favourite of the lot
was a 1990 Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru. Dominated by white (and milk)
chocolate, the wine held lovely notes of truffles, sweet-earthy scents,
and magnificent personality. With the fruit still powerful, I was in
awe of this particular wine's complexity. My compliments to terroir
and, associatively, the human intervention of the crew at Drouhin ---
So what have I learned from this experience? Rich people are lucky stinking ducks!