Exploring the Red Wines of Burgundy

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

There’s no place like Burgundy.  There’s no place like Burgundy.  There’s no place like Burgundy.  Ironically, this truly is a belief that floats in so many minds all across the globe.  And who more passionate to instruct a class on the red wines of Burgundy?  None other than James Beard Award-Winning author Jordan Mackay.  Aside from a little bit of Gamay thrown into the mix, we explored the infamous Pinot Noir grape and the many facets of Burgundy in which it grows.  From its continental climate to limestone soils, we ventured through the most prestigious appellations that make up the Burgundian empire.

To even further our experience, we tested the waters of several different vintages from as far back as 1976 to as recent as 2010.  What’s even better, the wines in which we tasted were from an enormously wide range of price points starting at $14 all the way to $500.

My Favorite Wine of the Night?

1976 Domaine Leroy Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

This musty old girl was still smokin’ hot like a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning.  My nose was blown away with aromas of sour cherry, tomato juice, peppercorn, and Tabasco sauce.  Along side its well-structured tannin and vibrant acidity, this wine certainly didn’t let the palate down with further notes of grilled red meat, rhubarb, orange peel and black tea on the finish.

Thanks to Brian for an epic wine list and to Jordan for another amazing class!

-Julie Albin

Wine List

1.  Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages Les Vignes du Thulon 2010

2.  Oliver Guyot Bourgogne Rouge 2005

3.  Claire Forestier Volnay Cave des Ducs 2007

4.  Domaine Gabriel Billard Pommard 1999

5.  Dujac Fils & Pere Chambolle Musigny 2009

6.  Domaine Perrot-Minot Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Perrières” VV 1er Cru 2007

7.  Vincent Giradin Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005

8.  Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2005

9.  Domaine Leroy Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru 1976

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