Caveau

A personally culled collection of the best of Burgundy & Grower Champagne, delivered to your door.

Caveau Selections -  from winemaker-importer Scott Paul Wright. We're specialists in the best of Burgundy and Grower Champagne, delivered to your door. Join our mailing list, sign-up for our Burgundy and Champagne Clubs, and take advantage of our exclusive pre-arrival offers. Start drinking hand-selected wines from the top artisanal producers at direct-import prices!

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-lair-uh...

Last night was the end of harvest Paulée at Domaine Huber-Verdereau in Volnay. A very tired but happy crew chowed down on a feast of Choucroute Garni brought down from Alsace by Thiébault's parents, a fabulous chocolate-strawberry-genoise-whipped cream gateau, free-flowing Crémant and a 6-Liter Methusalem of the domaine's 2005 Pommard.

The '05 Village wines are starting to show beautifully. This was a stunner...

The '05 Village wines are starting to show beautifully. This was a stunner...

And then everybody broke out in song. The songs at these domaine Paulées are not the same ones you hear at the Paulée de Meursault or the Chevaliers dinners at the Chateau de Vougeot - they are decidedly quite raunchy. I'm always amazed to see the grandmothers and old aunts and uncles in the room passionately singing along, to lyrics that are patently unprintable...

Some of the harvest crew putting on a skit at the Paulée, including Thiébault's son Matthieu at right...

Some of the harvest crew putting on a skit at the Paulée, including Thiébault's son Matthieu at right...

It's all over but the singing here, for the most part. On our run from Beaune to Pommard and back this morning I saw only one crew in the vines. Virtually all of the fruit is now in the wineries and fermentations are getting underway. The relief at finally having a proper-sized crop is apparent on every vigneron face you see. There are many who weren't sure how they were going to make it through, but with this 2017 harvest they now have a lifeline. I'm so happy for them.

One tired and happy vigneron...

One tired and happy vigneron...

We're a week and a day into settling into daily life here in Beaune, and it's going really well. The routine of a fresh baguette and the paper every morning seems already fully ingrained, as does the apéro at the end of the afternoon. When in France...