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Burgundian Brilliance

Posted by hitnerwine on March 19, 2009 at 1:41 PM

The Burgundy Road Show at the St. Andrews Club in downtown Toronto

On March 17, 2009, private agencies of Ontario joined together on the twenty-seventh floor of 150 King Street West to host of wine tasting that featured the Burgundian wares of their respective portfolios; and some of Toronto's most famous wine commentators and sommeliers were on hand to enjoy the show.

For people who adore Burgundy, little effort was required for the task.

From a personal point of view, I thought the whites (Chardonnay) stood out a great deal better than many of the reds (Pinot Noir), in large part because of a faulty temperature system that made all three tasting rooms overly warm (the whites were at least kept on ice, at least most of the time). It also didn't help that it was such a warm, gorgeous day outside.

From Domaine Louis Moreau, some magnificent Chablis wines were to be found, particularly their '07 Vaulignot Premier Cru label. Bright and beautifully scented, it carried complex notes of quince, fresh apples, sea pebbles, ferns, even a touch of 'mist' (albeit intangible); with steely, tingly fruit on the mouth and finish. Truly, a characterful wine with lovely finesse.

From Maison Joseph Drouhin, a sommelier-friend and I exchanged thoughts on the always-intriguing Clos de Mouches (Blanc), this particular bottle's contents hailing from the magnificent '05 vintage. With delicate hazelnut-like scents, mingled with hints of butterscotch, 'temperate' fruit, and a touch of vanilla, no self-respecting enthusiast of subtle wine would ever call this a 'blockbuster.' Still very young, mind you, both of us were fascinated by its crisp-yet-smooth mouthfeel and finish. A complex wine, to say the least.

From Maison Louis Latour, I was privy to enjoy a (less-than-healthy) sample of their '06 Corton-Charlemagne (Grand Cru). An excellent wine from a moderate vintage, many of its primary components were still largely derived from barrel aging, from intense toast and vanillin eventually giving way to bosc pears and light tropical fruit, quince, and fresh nuttiness. Complex even in infancy, one would be hard pressed to deny this wine its rightful pedigree, which is readily apparent especially on the finish. An excellent wine.

And so, it's times like these I wish I was rich --- fine Burgundy is really expensive!

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