Basic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please specify "store pickup" or "ship it" in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.
2006 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Les Chenevottes Domaine Marc Morey
Now run by Marc Morey's daughter, Marie-Jo, and son-in-law, Bernard Mollard, this domaine sits smack in the middle of Chassagne-Montrachet. The cellars lie beneath the old coaching inn which has been home to the family for over 100 years. In regard to the 2006 vintage for white Burgundy, Mollard declared it to be a vintage that is "approachable, yet will age," and we wholeheartedly agree. The Chenevottes vineyard is situated north of the village, very near to the famous Grands Crus of Le Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet. The pedigree shows, we popped a bottle recently, and it blew us all away! This is NOT a tired old white Burgundy on its way to pasture. Showing youthful freshness, depth, and complexity, the 2006 Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes is a fantastic example of what high-quality white Burgundy can be like with a little time in the cellar. Hints of lime peel, pears, mint, resin, and vanilla waft from the bouquet, the palate is firm, lively, and balanced. Drink now through 2020.
Domaine Rapet Père et Fils
The Rapets have been making wine for over two centuries. Vincent, the current director, succeeded his father Roland in the 1990's. They own over 20 hectares of vines, equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir all surrounding the Bois de Corton. The appellation of Aloxe-Corton (the x is pronounced as an s) enjoys a reputation among wine lovers for producing old school Burgundy of character for a relatively fair price. Burgundian restaurateurs are well aware of this, as Vincent's wines are featured on many wine lists dotting the region. 2010 was a sensational vintage for red Burgundy, producing wines with strong, vibrant expression and sturdy structures. Rapet's 2010 Aloxe-Corton is fresh, bright, and harmonious. Burghound's Allen Meadows observed, "An exuberantly fresh and cool yet attractively ripe nose offers up notes of plum, floral hints and plenty of earth aromas." He further commented, "I especially like the balance as well as the length." Decant if opening soon, otherwise enjoy this from 2017 on. - Peter Zavialoff