A rockin' good day on the Côte de Nuits
It's tough when you start a few weeks of a tasting trip with your first stop at Domaine de Vogüé in Chambolle-Musigny. François Millet's gorgeous wines set the bar ridiculously high! There are of course a lot of superb wines elsewhere, but I doubt anything will hit the heights of the de Vogüé '14s. Wow, just wow. Romantic, poetic, and so incredibly elegant. If this is any indication, I'm going to love the '14s - it's a vintage of great freshness, coupled with a lovely fruit sweetness and very precise flavors. I even got a rare taste of the Musigny Blanc this time, and it was vibrant with white flowers, crisp fruit and great intensity. François is debating whether to declare the 2014, 2015 or 2016 white as Musigny Grand Cru, as after replantation it has been bottled as Bourgogne Blanc for nearly 20 years now.
This is the most beautiful weather I ever remember here for the Trois Glorieuses weekend. It has most often been cold, rainy and dreary in the past - but we've got sunshine aplenty and mild temperatures all week in the 55-60 degree range. Nice!
I pulled out of Chambolle and headed 10 minutes south to Premeaux-Prissey, where bottling was underway for the 2014s at J-J Confuron - they started yesterday for some of the appellations. Alain ran the bottling line while Sophie tasted me through the cellar. The Romanée-St. Vivant was spectacular (no surprise), as was the Vosne-Romanée les Beaux-Monts and the Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (again, not exactly shocking.) The Côtes de Nuits Villages les Vignottes was even better than it normally is with a really nice richness of fruit and complex aromas. Yes, I am going to like these '14s indeed.
Then it was up the road to Gevrey-Chambertin with lunch at Bistrot Lucien (in Hotel La Rotisserie) with Alexandrine Roy, and the meal was flat-out great. I've been hearing good things, and I've been hearing correctly. Get this place on your list - it rocks!
The '14s at Domaine Marc Ray also rock. Alexandrine is on a roll, as she keeps outperforming year after year. And just this morning it was announced that Alex had won the trophy as the Vigneronne of the Year at the Dijon wine and gastronomy fair - well deserved and a great honor for a great lady! There truly are not Village wines at this level and complexity to be found anywhere - they are better than a lot of 1er crus out there, to be sure. Very expressive on the nose, bright in the mouth, fresh, great fruit expressions, they've really got it all. As soon as Alex gets me her prices for the '14s, I'll be sending a pre-arrival offer - probably within the next week, so watch your email!
Tomorrow I'll be in Meursault, and then back in Chambolle for dinner, and will get in another training run in the morning. I have hit the ground running, literally! More as it happens - stay tuned...