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We weren’t sure that we could come up with a better Black Friday offer for you than we did last year. After all, what is better than a 12-pack of Burgundy with a very generous discount? Then we found our answer: three different, discounted packs of Burgundy for you to choose from, with shipping included in the price of the combined 12-pack. Scroll down below, or read on if you’re patient. Last month, Pierre de Benoist visited Berkeley. At lunch, the vigneron behind Domaine de Villaine—founded by his uncle Aubert de Villaine, of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti—discussed what excites him most about his métier in Burgundy right now: the domaine’s further expansion in the Côte Chalonnaise and growing awareness around high-quality Aligoté, which Domaine de Villaine has championed for decades. As we talked and tasted de Villaine’s Aligoté, Rullys, and Mercureys, it came into clearer focus for me than ever before that, just as in Meursault, Gevrey-Chambertin, and other exalted Côte d’Or villages, world-class reds and whites are also being made in Burgundy’s lesser-known appellations, like Givry, Marsannay, Bouzeron, and Vézelay. It won’t be long before these AOCs are spoken of in the same breath as their venerated counterparts. With this pack, you will enjoy past, present, and future classics at a price generous enough to make you feel as though they are all still undiscovered. What could be better than that?
2017 Petit Chablis • Domaine Roland Lavantureux $26 Lavantureux’s most humble cuvée, this remains the domaine’s benchmark for value and typicity.
2018 Vézelay Blanc “Galerne” • Domaine Montanet-Thoden $32 This is a divine rendition of pure, chiseled Chardonnay, bearing notes of orchard fruit, citrus, and oyster shells.
2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay • Bruno Colin $39 Here is a classic interpretation of true Burgundian Chardonnay raised in oak (10% new) for twelve months to produce an easy-to-love wine with a silky texture and toasty aromas, plus hints of vanilla, tropical fruit, and apricot.
2017 Bouzeron Aligoté • Domaine de Villaine $40 A deep and spiritual thinker, Pierre de Benoist tends to evoke the celestial when describing his wines, and indeed there is something otherworldly about the vibrant and crystalline 2017 vintage.
2017 Givry Blanc “Clos des Vignes Rondes” • Domaine François Lumpp $52 From François Lumpp’s highest-altitude white vineyard, this Chardonnay shows its origins faithfully with a bright, chalky personality full of energy and thirst-quenching savor.
2016 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru “La Genelotte” • Comtesse de Chérisey $106 Ancient vines, a high-altitude limestone vineyard, a low-yielding vintage that delivered concentrated wines, long and slow aging in oak in a deep stone cellar dug into the hillside . . . all the makings for an explosive Meursault-Blagny.
2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir “Champs Cadet” • Domaine de la Cadette $36 This is young Pinot at its best: aromatic, expressive, and a true pleasure to drink.
2017 Marsannay Rouge “Clos du Roy” • Régis Bouvier $41 Bouvier fashions a red from his Clos du Roy parcel that is at once serious and gay, generous and firm, bold and elegant.
2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune “Vieilles Vignes” • Pierre Guillemot $42 The Savigny-lès-Beaune “Vieilles Vignes”—a blend of three parcels whose average vine age is half a century—is always a pale cranberry in the glass, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the wine is thin.
2017 Givry 1er Cru Rouge “A Vigne Rouge” • Domaine François Lumpp $59 The aromas are typical of fine Burgundy: raspberry, incense, cedar, and clove; on the palate, it presents a dense core and fine tannin. While all of François’s reds offer pleasure now and have good aging potential, none are more cellar-worthy than A Vigne Rouge.
2017 Gevrey-Chambertin • Lucien Boillot et Fils $82 Grandiose, opulent, black, and mysterious. No wonder this village, this domaine, and this wine have achieved such a reputation.
2017 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru “Clos du Chapitre” • Domaine Follin-Arbelet $93 Clos du Chapitre evokes gorgeous red fruit with irresistible stoniness that gives it structure. As seductive as it is now, though, it will certainly evolve beautifully over the next ten to fifteen years.
In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.
Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.
To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.
Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.
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