Category Archives: Burgundy

2013 Domaine de Chantemerle, Francis Boudin

2013 was a late harvest, but with low alcohol (about 12.5°). In spite of low alcohol, grapes were ripe and yellow. This is the reason for a slightly yellow color and ripe aromas. These ripe aromas were amplified by a … Continue reading

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2014 harvest video

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2014 harvest in Burgundy – it’s time!

In Burgundy, the 2014 Harvest started the week of September 8th in the Maconnais, Chalonaise and Cote de Beaune with beautiful weather. Promises of large crop are reassuring growers who have suffered 4 consecutive small harvests  (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Those … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes @ Le Jardin Gourmand

They were just back from Rome, to get away while the work was being done. Work being a total make over of the restaurant Le Jardin Gourmand. « We had to do it to be ready to face the next 10 … Continue reading

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Truffles and Chardonnay @ Le Chassagne

The 2004 Bernard Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées, was a little disappointing because it was reduced (needed air) and never fully expressed its potential, both of terroir and vintage. Chardonnay, even if disappointing on its own, tends to … Continue reading

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Haddock and beets @ Le Chassagne

I have a soft spot for chefs who use beets. Surprisingly complex aromatically with an interesting mixture of red fruits and earthiness, beets are an under-rated vegetable. My most recent visit to Le Chassagne, chef Stefane Léger brought out a … Continue reading

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Maria, Oh! Maria @ Regalade in Beaune

There was only one line in the email: “Does anyone know how to spell La REGALADE and frogs legs or what???” With that we knew that we would have to make a trip to see Maria. Not only to keep … Continue reading

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Psychedelic risotto @ Castel de Tres Girard

It was what we call bonus sunshine. Sun when everyone said it would rain. The kind of day where you feel strange putting on a big coat. But after an hour’s tasting in a cool cellar, you’re really glad you … Continue reading

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Barrels have a human face: François Frères in St Romain

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Chambertin 1979 Louis Trapet

This old thing was kicking around the cellar for reasons that are long to explain. The Duc thought it might be dead. But it was very much alive.   (the vintage was written by hand because the neck label with … Continue reading

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Verget Chassagne Montrachet Pimont 2004

The best white Burgundies of 2004 come from Cote d’Or. Why? Because Cote d’Or had, on average, lower acids and higher alcohols than Chablis or the Maconnais for climactic reasons. Verget harvested very late in Chablis which is why their … Continue reading

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What was in the glass to go with these truffles?

    1996 Comptes Lafon Meusault Désirée We needed something that was complex and rich enough to be able to marry well with the truffles. 1996 Comptes Lafon Meusault Désirée More nutty, more evolved than the Clos de la Barre we … Continue reading

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Daniel et Martine Barraud 2002 Pouilly Fuissé En Bulland

 

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Quick, and good value: Sushikai Beaune

Yes, I know. Another Japanese restaurant in Beaune, you say. Why ? Well, it is light, digestible, and a bit of variety never hurts. And I think Pinot Noir goes well with a lot of Japanese food. Because of all the … Continue reading

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Saved by the September sun and wind: 2008 harvest in Burgundy

Hands on the sorting table

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A couple of minutes on the sorting table

Grab a sécateur (gardening shears), put on a pair of gloves and prepare your eyes to sort out imperfect grapes. Spent some time working the sorting table this year in Burgundy. An important year to have a sorting table (more details … Continue reading

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Apéro in Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru Serpentières

   

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Bissoh in Beaune

Baby Zucchini and zucchini flowers @ Bissoh  OK. I realize that eating Japanese in Burgundy is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, getting good Japanese food in France that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is … Continue reading

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Summer Nicoise Salad (and, surprisingly, Vincent Dureuil Janthial 2006 Red Burgundy)

Nicoise is what we like to have in the evening when we are feeling veggie starved because it is light, digestible, and full of flavors. It is a dish that is built upon the marriages of different bitternesses.   What … Continue reading

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Le Jardin Gourmand in Auxerre: summer garden in your plate

Jardin Gourmand: flowers and salad   Sit down on their wildly sensual terrace for a visit with chef and owner Pierre Boussereau and Olivier Laplaine (front of the house) and you will quite literally get Pierre’s garden on your plate. … Continue reading

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