My own, personal heaven
Any day spent in the cellars of Chambolle-Musigny is pretty much as good as it gets. The best of Chambolle is, to me, the best of Burgundy, period. The mineral-driven elegance and finesse and complexity is what I consider the quintessence of Burgundy, and it does not get any better than a day of tasting that starts at Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé with my friend and mentor François Millet.
What can I say? Life is good, and Musigny is proof that the universe wants us to drink great wine and be happy...
After lunch we walked around the corner and up the block to bring everyone to taste at Domaine Gilbert & Christine Felettig, undoubtedly the most exciting thing to happen to Chambolle in a long, long time. The renaissance of this estate, from what was frankly mediocre pre-2005 to world-class from 2010 on , turned my head around and made me smile immensely. It's been quite some time since we added a new producer to our portfolio in Burgundy - I'm awfully damn picky - but there was no doubt I wanted, no, needed - to work with Gilbert and Christine and their gorgeous wines. Their lineup of six superb and precise Chambolle 1er Crus blew everyone away today as we tastedin the cellar that Gilbert and his father dug by hand!
Dinner was at Les Popiettes in Beaune. Everything was delicious as always, and we raided their cellar for three bottles of Thiébault Huber's 2010 Volnay Fremiets, which was in total top form. What a day, what a night!