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And they say it never strikes twice...

Another great day on the Côte d'Or with my group of customers, starting off with a gorgeous sunny morning and a quick drive up to Gevrey and a dive into the cellars of Domaine Marc Roy with the force of nature that is Alexandrine Roy. Her 2015s in barrel are alive, intense, and likely her best yet - the balance is impeccable...

Alexandrine Roy, bathed in heavenly light in her cellars beneath the streets of Gevrey-Chambertin

Alexandrine Roy, bathed in heavenly light in her cellars beneath the streets of Gevrey-Chambertin

Alex had agreed to join us for lunch at Bistrot Lucien, and just before we left to go to the restaurant, the skies opened up with a deluge and a violent thunderstorm that also brought a quick and destructive hailstorm to he hillsides of Fixin, just a few kilometers to the north. A flurry of texts and emailed video clips ensued - fortunately Gevrey was spared as well as Alex's parcel of Marsannay Champs Perdrix, which is actually in Fixin. It's pretty scary to realize that despite the horrible losses to the April 27th frost, they are not out of the woods here yet, not by a long-shot. The threat of hailstorms still looms throughout the rest of the season...

Lunch in Gevrey with Alexandrine Roy

Lunch in Gevrey with Alexandrine Roy

Our afternoon was spent with my energetic, passionate, and magnetic friend Thiébault Huber of Domaine Huber-Verdereau in Volnay. First we tasted through his luscious '15s in in his 17th-century cellars beneath his grandparents' house in Volnay. Then he took us on an up-close and personal look at Biodynamic farming, exploring the enormous differences in the soils of his blocks vs. neighboring parcels that are "conventionally' farmed. The use of herbicides (a nice way of saying Round-Up, the highly toxic nuclear option) continues to be the most serious offense committed by most vignerons here. It is saddening, sickening even, to see people continue to disrespect the magical terroir they've been blessed with.

Thiébault Huber, welcoming us to Volnay

Thiébault Huber, welcoming us to Volnay

A few treasures from the cellars of Huber-Verdereau. '14, '69, '57...

A few treasures from the cellars of Huber-Verdereau. '14, '69, '57...

Our crew with Thiébault in his new tasting room in Meursault

Our crew with Thiébault in his new tasting room in Meursault

I don't know that we can say we topped the experience of tasting the '76 Goutte d'Or at Buisson-Charles yesterday, but lightning definitely struck again! We followed Thiébault to his wonderful new winery facility in Meursault, where he dazzled the group with all of his '14s in bottle. Then came a couple of crusty old bottles from deep in the cellar. We swooned over the 1969 Pommard Rugiens - a bit tired, but captivating nonetheless. Then came the moment of pure magic - a pristine, virbrant, other-worldly 1957 Volnay that had been clearly kissed by the divine. There was dead silence in the room, save for a few moans of pleasure, as we were drawn into the wonders of the amazing wine. Thib's grandfather Raoul made it, without benefit of any lab analysis, technology or modern equipment back in the day. Wines from that era were made strictly by "feel".  Merci Raoul, you clearly had a beautiful touch. What a gift...

I continue to be blown away and humbled by the generosity of all of our winegrowers. Their hospitality, their pure joy and happiness in sharing their world with us, the jewels of their families' legacies that they share with us - I am honored to know such fine people. To work with them is perhaps the most rewarding job I could imagine.

A very nice Magnum of '09 Volnay Champans from d'Angerville

A very nice Magnum of '09 Volnay Champans from d'Angerville

We continued to eat and drink fairly well, of course! Dinner Tuesday night in the private wine room at 21 Blvd. in Beaune was a pleasure as always, including a lovely Mag of d'Angerville Volnay Champans...

Tasting in the garden with Fabio at Chateau des Rontets

Tasting in the garden with Fabio at Chateau des Rontets

As wonderful as it was to taste with Christophe Thibert at Domaine Thibert and Fabio Montrasi at Chateau des Rontets, I was blown away to see in person the depth and breadth of destruction the April hail storm had wrought in the Mâconnais. Fabio lost 90% or more of his entire production, while Christophe had a near total loss in abut one-third of his estate, and 60-80% losses elsewhere. It really hits home when you walk the vines and see plant after plant with zero clusters. Man, this one was brutal...