SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $399.00
(a 38% discount)
This is it—the best deal you will find on a case of wine all year. For centuries, wine writers and drinkers have described Burgundy as mysterious, sensuous, transcendental, the be-all and end-all of great wine. But why? In a time where many wines seem to shout at you in an obvious and sometimes obnoxious way, Burgundy speaks softly. If you listen closely, you can sense the differences between vineyards and recognize the winemaker’s skillful touch. Burgundy is the pinnacle of terroir—where vineyard, soil, climate, and grape variety are beautifully married by master artisans. Here is a case that represents some of the best that Burgundy has to offer. From the approachability of the Bourgogne level wines, to the distinct character of each village, and the preeminence of each premier cru, this sampler will lead you through some of the world’s most revered vineyards and most admired winemakers. At nearly 40% off, there’s never been a better opportunity to experience Burgundy’s hallowed ground.
2017 Mâcon Chardonnay • La Soeur Cadette $28 2016 Chablis • Roland Lavantureux $28 2016 Montagny 1er Cru Blanc • Jean-Marc Vincent $46 2016 Givry Blanc “Clos des Vignes Rondes” • Domaine François Lumpp $49 2015 Meursault Blagny 1er Cru “La Genelotte” • Domaine Comtesse de Chérisey $100 2016 Bourgogne Rouge “En Montre Cul” • Régis Bouvier $32 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir • Bruno Colin $35 2016 Marsannay Rouge “Les Longeroies” • Régis Bouvier $39 2016 Saint-Romain Rouge • Christophe Buisson $44 2016 Auxey-Duresses Rouge • Christophe Buisson $44 2016 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru “Clos du Chapitre” • Domaine Follin-Arbelet $93 2016 Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Angles” • Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils $106
The cellar at Domaine Follin-Arbelet
1er Cru Meursault vineyard “La Genelotte”
The Serein river, Chablis
Descending into Régis Bouvier's cellar
The vines of Saint Romain
The pinnacle of terroir—where vineyard, soil, climate, and grape variety are beautifully married by master artisans. At nearly 40% off, there’s never been a better opportunity to experience Burgundy’s hallowed ground.
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $399.00
(a 38% discount)
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.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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