A TASTE OF BURGUNDY APRIL 2013
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If one were to research only the top, top producers of White Burgundy, it wouldn't take very long before the researcher comes across the name Anne-Claude Leflaive. The quality and reputation of the wines that sport the Leflaive label have very few peers, if any at all. Anne-Claude's Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines are highly allocated, and are almost impossible to find. They also farm 9 hectares of vines in the Mâcon near the village of Verzé. The 2011 Mâcon-Verzé is teeming with the signature Leflaive minerality. The aromas are of chalky mineral, citrus fruit, and green tea. On the palate the fruit fleshes out with pear-like nuances, but the lively acidity, mineral, and citrus give it a crisp punch resulting in a deep, harmonious finish. It's not every day when you get a chance to pop the cork on a bottle of Leflaive. Here's an opportunity to do exactly that. Can be drunk now through 2020.
2001 Corton "le Rognet"
Maison Bertrand Ambroise
The rugged Bertrand Ambroise owns some 17 hectares from Saint Romain to Nuits St. Georges, but his most prized vines are located in the southeast-facing Corton "le Rognet" Grand Cru vineyard. Burghound's Allen Meadows described Bertrand's Corton as "Ambroise's signature wine, and almost always, his best." As a whole, the 2001 vintage was challenging for some, but Amboise believes in using only fully ripe fruit, sometimes lowering yields up to 30% below the legal limit. When his 2004 Corton "le Rognet" was first bottled, it was a big, brooding monster of a Burgundy. Allow us to be your wine cellar. Time in the bottle has been good to this wine as it has entered its drinking window. Layers of dark berry fruit intermingle with tobacco, spice, and forest floor on the nose. The palate is silky with layers of complexity pinging off your sensors; all framed in a medium body with a complex, balanced finish. Good to go now, this will drink well through 2024.
- Peter Zavialoff