More deliciousness from the Côte...
So far, the wine of the trip for me was the '97 Meursault Goutte d'Or at Buisson-Charles - absolutely stunning, and mind-blowing how youthful and alive it was at age 20. No surprise, really - the B-C bottles seem to age gracefully and practically forever.
We continued our adventures with a great stop at J-J Confuron. Nice to see Alain & Sophie's son Louis stepping up and taking on more responsibility. He'll follow his dad one day, and those are massive shoes to fill. They got hit pretty hard by the frost in '16 - there will be no Chambolle 1er Cru in '16 - the tiny bit they harvested from Chatelots and Feusselottes will go into the village wine this time.
The whole family joined us for lunch, with Sophie's mom cooking for the whole group, daughter Perrine and her pup Java joining in as well. Alain grabbed a '94 Romanée-St. Vivant from the cellar that was absolutely gorgeous - an amazing wine from a relatively forgotten year that blew us all away.
Tasting with winemaker François Millet at Domaine de Vogüé in Chambolle-Musigny is always a very special event, and his 2016s in barrel were absolutely gorgeous. The results of the crop loss due to the frost were well in evidence, in the rows and rows of empty barrels stacked up in the main cellar, with the adjacent cellar completely empty as well. The visual really hits home. In all, they lost 70% of their production. The good news is that the wines are fabulous, and that the Musigny Blanc will finally be declared as Grand Cru after 23 years in purgatory as Bourgogne Blanc.
Around the corner at Gilbert Felettig's cellar - they were hammered as well in '16. Same story, massive losses, but what they did make was beautiful. The Felettig lineup of Chambolle 1er Crus is a fabulous lesson in terroir. I love them all, but am somewhat partial to the unique minerality of Les Carrières, a quasi-monopole of the domaine. Gilbert wrapped up the tasting with the first wine he had made all on is own, the 2002 Feusselottes. In a word, yes please.
We were running late on Friday, so only got to spend a quick half-hour with Alexandrine at Marc Roy in Gevrey. SInce the death of her mom a few months back, Alex has been a one-woman show, running everything in the vineyards, cellar, and now the office too. All with a 14 month-old baby girl as well. All the girls and all the wines are lovely here, and we can't wait to see Alex here in Oregon this summer for IPNC.
As is our tradition, we wrapped up the tour with a farewell dinner in Beaune at the legendary Ma Cuisine. The food was spot-on as always, and proprietor Pierre was in fine form, as were the wines. We started with a 2010 Meursault Perrières from Vincent Dancer, then a Mag of '06 Volnay Fremiets from Comte Armand, and then a rockin' good 1961 Volnay from now-defunct negoce Maison Poulet. Wow - a 56 year-old village wine, elegant and alive and mesmerizing. It was a very good night.
Mother nature gave as a beautiful morning for market-day in Beaune on Saturday, and then a pique-nique in the Clos du Colombier vineyard before everyone grabbed their trains to depart. In all, another great week of wine, food and camaraderie, and I can't wait to do it again - hopefully with you joining us next year!