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Vinous Table: Le Bistro de L’Hôtel de Beaune, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

One of my favorite places to eat during my Burgundy barrel tastings is Le Bistro de l’Hôtel, located in central Beaune overlooking Place Carnot. Established in 2007 by Stockholm-born Johan Bjorkland, it is upmarket yet unpretentious.

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Domaine des Lambrays’ Clos des Lambrays 1966-2012

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2019

This past December seemed an ideal time for me to taste a vertical collection of the Domaine des Lambrays’ historic Grand Cru Clos des Lambrays going back to the 1960s. Under the steady hand of widely respected estate manager/winemaker Thierry Brouin, the Clos des Lambrays has been restored to Grand Cru status after decades of neglect.

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Cellar Favorite: 2012 Domaine G. Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

Usually we either read about Burgundies as new releases or as older, mature wines. It is harder to find impressions on Burgundies in the 7-10 year-old range that are both drinking well and possibly available in the market or on restaurant lists at less than the stratospheric prices the most coveted Burgundies command these days. For those reasons I thought it might be interesting to feature Christophe Roumier’s 2012 Clos de la Bussière as this week’s Cellar Favorite.

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Faiveley’s Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley: 1986-2015

featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, March 2019

The new generation at Faiveley has taken some of the tannic edges off the estate’s outsized Clos des Cortons, making this powerfully built, long-lived Burgundy more palatable in its youth. This vertical back to 1986 provided a unique opportunity to follow the arc of Faiveley’s flagship wine over four decades.

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This Is Not Morey-Saint-Denis

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, March 2019

Morey-Saint-Denis does not get its fair share of coverage vis-à-vis other Burgundy appellations, so when three Morey-based producers showcased their wines in London, I looked forward to redressing the imbalance. That was the plan. It didn’t quite work out that way...

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Bottles Never Forgotten - Burgundy Edition

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Mar 2019

Imagine if you asked 102 Burgundy winemakers: What is the most memorable bottle of wine you have ever drunk? Imagine no longer. And find out which winemaker never drinks wine.

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Joseph Roty’s Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Feb 2019

The Roty family’s Charmes-Chambertin from ancient vines has established a half-century track record as one of Burgundy’s monumental collectibles. My extensive vertical tasting of this bottling in December was also a celebration of a very private family—and the ghost in the room was the formidable personality of the late Joseph Roty, who was largely responsible for creating the “Roty style.”

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Caught Somewhere in Time: Clos de Tart 1887-2016

France, featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2019

Over the years, I have been fortunate to participate in three or four verticals of Clos de Tart. Yet I had never undertaken a comprehensive tasting that spans decades until Jordi Oriols-Gil organized a unique retrospective covering more than 50 years at Ten Trinity in London.

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Drouhin’s Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc: 1979-2016

France, featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Feb 2019

Joseph Drouhin’s Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc is an oxymoron of a Burgundy: an insider’s wine that’s normally made in generous quantities. While some wine oenophiles may turn up their noses at the very idea of white wine from Beaune—not to mention the appellation in particular, as it possesses no Grand Crus, red or white—this Premier Cru is way more interesting, and serious, than it has any right to be.

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The Picardy Third: 2016 DRC In Bottle

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2019

Everyone is at the mercy of Mother Nature, including the most famous domaine in Burgundy. Late spring frost denied Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s three releases of their 2016 vintage, but how do the surviving crus fare now that they are in bottle? Do they finish on a major or minor chord?