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Thomas Jefferson’s Burgundy

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Bachelet-Ramonet (Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeot” Premier Cru 2011)
~$62/bottle – SOLD OUT

Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he also loved the wines of Burgundy. When he embarked on a three-month grand tour of France in 1787, he claimed the journey was for his health. And what better salve for the soul than beginning that journey with a week-long visit to the Côte d’Or?

In celebration of Jefferson’s achievements, his affinity for Burgundy (particularly Côte de Beaune), and the upcoming Independence Day, we’ll be sampling wines from Burgundy all week long.

From inexpensive red and white Burgundy wines for grilling on the patio to exceptional Grand Cru Burgundy wines, we have it all. We may not have hot dog buns or pickles for your barbecue, but we do have one of the best selections of Burgundy in the world.

Domaine Bachelet-Ramonet (Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeot” Premier Cru 2011) – SOLD OUT

In Chassagne-Montrachet, the family-owned estate of Bachelet-Ramonet produces benchmark white Burgundy. Since taking over the estate from his father-in-law, Jean Bachelet, winemaker Alain Bonnefoy, who runs the domaine with wife Marie-Paule and son Arnaud, has overseen a shift to even more focused work in the vineyards and the cellar. Believing wine is made on the vines first, Bonnefoy has established a natural approach to viticulture and its on display in his taut, elegant wines. The 2011 Morgeot is a from a Premier Cru vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet. It’s a wine with richness and loads of complexity that’s drinking well now but will continue to develop in the cellar for years to come.

Domaine Jean-Claude Regnaudot (Maranges “Les Clos Roussots” Premier Cru 2013) – SOLD OUT

Didier Regnaudot’s very old Pinot Noir vines grow out of the steep hillsides in deep clay and fossilized limestone on the southernmost edge of the Côte de Beaune. The wine comes from a 1.3 acre plot in the premier cru vineyard of Les Clos Roussots from vines planted in 1969 and 1974. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and the wine is aged in oak barrels (40% new) for one year before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of cherries, cocoa and cinnamon precede a mouthful of ripe fruit followed by a long and wiry finish. It’s a dark and structured red Burgundy and a lot of wine for the price.

Domaine Darviot-Perrin “Les Magnys” (Bourgogne Blanc 2011) – SOLD OUT

Thomas Jefferson was so into Meursault that, according to local Burgundy lore, he once purchased an entire year’s crop of Goutte d’Or. Darviot-Perrin’s wine is from very old Chardonnay vines in the lieu-dit “Les Magnys” which is contiguous with the Meursault vineyard of En L’Ormeau. The wine exudes aromas of ripe yellow fruits and a touch of spice and dry stone. A sip is concentrated and rich with honey and butter and finishes with mouthwatering minerals. It’s a Meursault by another name (and a lesser price).

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Posted on 2015.07.01 in Burgundy, France, Special Selections

 

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