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Last wednesday, we drove south of beaune and stopped by Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, etc, then made our way back to my aunt's in Montbard through Nuits-St-George, Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin... The countryside is lovely, the villages tiny for such world-renowned vineyards. We stopped at random in several "Domaines" and "Chateaux" and tasted reds and whites, brought back 7 bottles to the US (although we declared those, we were not made to pay duty-go figure). During our first week in Paris, we had stuck to Bordeaux region wines and Médocs, this second week in Burgundy was a revelation of sorts. I am even reconsidering my position on whites after drinking a Meursault we purchased that day. We also visited my cousin who produces Bourgogne-Coulanges in the Auxerre region, and Chablis since we were close. The Coulanges wines are a little harsh for my taste, but their bouquet is full of fruit. My uncle is keeping a bottle of red for us, we'll see in 4 years how it turns out. As for the gastronomy: irreproachable (snails in garlic butter, sauteed frogs' legs, jambon persillé, coq au vin, gougères, etc). The various cheeses from that region start mild and unassuming, almost like plaster, but if you let them age, they will assail your fridge. I highly recommend the Époisses.
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If you and your husband need help drinking those Burgundies, please call me.
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Can you wait 8-10 years? The only bottle ready for drinking now is a 2000 (alas.) Richebourg, but we are keeping that one for a special occasion.
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Well, bringing back several bottles directly from the source is certainly a way to solve that problem you mentioned of bad or questionable bottles from your retailer...pity that you'd have to return every few weeks to keep building the cellar :-) I have a friend who was passionate about Burgundy, and I just didn't get it. Then I visited the region, stayed a few nights in Beaune and tasted a bit...yes, a revelation. I went to California a weekend early shortly after that trip to try to find "Burgundian" Pinot, at least in philosophy, since at the time finding good Burgundy in Pennsylvania was a dicey proposition...fortunately things have gotten better locally and now there are sources like Moore Brothers and Burgundy Wine Company in NY. And Epoisses and a red Burgundy is a match made in heaven.
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A trip every now and then would almost be worth my while if I decided to stick to the grands crus or premiers crus: the prices are quadrupled (or higher) in the US, from what I could tell. I'd have my plane ticket reimbursed in no time.
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Can you wait 8-10 years?   The only bottle ready for drinking now is a 2000 (alas.) Richebourg, but we are keeping that one for a special occasion.  
Dont forget what they said in "sideways": the special occasion is when you drink it.
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Originally Posted by Fabienne,June 12 2005,16:58
Can you wait 8-10 years?   The only bottle ready for drinking now is a 2000 (alas.) Richebourg, but we are keeping that one for a special occasion.  
Dont forget what they said in "sideways": the special occasion is when you drink it.
No special occasion can compel me to open the 2002 Pommard Rugiens, 1er Cru (Rebourgeon Michel), nor the 2002 2002 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (domaine J.M. Naudin) until they are ready for me.  Je sais me maitriser, moi, mossieur .  
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Last wednesday, we drove south of beaune and stopped by Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, etc, then made our way back to my aunt's in Montbard through Nuits-St-George, Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin...  The countryside is lovely, the villages tiny for such world-renowned vineyards.  We stopped at random in several "Domaines" and "Chateaux" and tasted reds and whites, brought back 7 bottles to the US (although we declared those, we were not made to pay duty-go figure).  During our first week in Paris, we had stuck to Bordeaux region wines and Médocs, this second week in Burgundy was a revelation of sorts.  I am even reconsidering my position on whites after drinking a Meursault we purchased that day. We also visited my cousin who produces Bourgogne-Coulanges in the Auxerre region, and Chablis since we were close.  The Coulanges wines are a little harsh for my taste, but their bouquet is full of fruit.  My uncle is keeping a bottle of red for us, we'll see in 4 years how it turns out. As for the gastronomy: irreproachable (snails in garlic butter, sauteed frogs' legs, jambon persillé, coq au vin, gougères, etc).  The various cheeses from that region start mild and unassuming, almost like plaster, but if you let them age, they will assail your fridge.  I highly recommend the Époisses.
On Wednesday I had a PBR in Ypsilanti. It was a 2005, if memory serves.
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Party with Olivier Le Flaive in Puligny-Montrachet if at all possible. He's amazing.
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