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Burgundy: A Basic Lesson in Economics

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Burgundy: A Basic Lesson in Economics

Guess what? We’re not the only ones who think Burgundies are fabulous. To quote Michael Jackson, “you are not alone.” It all comes down to the simple law of supply and demand. For good Burgundies, there is generally more demand than supply. French people like their wine, so there’s less to export to the non-Frenchies. […]

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Burgundy – Domaine Jean Chartron and the 2009 Hospice de Beaune Auction

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Burgundy – Domaine Jean Chartron and the 2009 Hospice de Beaune Auction

Puligny-Montrachet is “the greatest white-wine commune on earth… The top Montrachet, Chevalier and Bâtard are wines to drink on bended knee with the head beared.” Alexandre Dumas Le Montrachet… Everybody wants a piece of it, so what’s with all of the dashes? Le Montrachet is probably the most famous white Grand Cru. The communes of […]

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Burgundy – Les Domaines Bouchard Père & Fils

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Burgundy – Les Domaines Bouchard Père & Fils

Les Domaines Bouchard Père et Fils 15, rue de Château – 21200 Beaune +33 3 80 24 80 24 www.bouchard-pereetfils.com On a perfectly crisp autumn day, I visited Domaine Bouchard, which is located within the regal 15th century Château de Beaune. Domaine Bouchard includes 4,000 square meters (13,123 square feet) of cellars (yes, this is […]

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Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

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Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

September 2009 “Every now and then, we are lucky enough to encounter Burgundy which sets our hearts afire.” Clive Coates, Master of Wine, Côte D’Or, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, Vintages 2007: “A unique year… 2007 was another extraordinary year of such advanced growth that we had to begin harvesting in August… […]

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The Northern Rhône – Yves Cuilleron

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The Northern Rhône – Yves Cuilleron

Yves Cuilleron Verlieu, 58 RD 1086 Chavanay +33 4 74 87 02 37 www.cuilleron.com I had my first bottle of Condrieu in April 2008. I don’t know why I had never had a Condrieu prior, but I just hadn’t. I was obsessed at first taste. It was an Yves Cuilleron. Our wine sommelier appropriately called it […]

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The Northern Rhône – Georges Vernay and Domaine Faury

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During our visit to the Northern Rhône, every set of hands was fervently at work with the harvest. As a result, we weren’t able to have a comprehensive tour for each of the facilities we visited, but we sat down in the tasting rooms of Georges Vernay and Domaine Faury and spent time with them […]

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The Northern Rhône – E. Guigal

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The Northern Rhône – E. Guigal

E. Guigal Ampuis, Côte-Rôtie +33-4-74-56-10-22 www.guigal.com “In certain magical places, dreams can sometimes become reality.” With an annual production of 6 million bottles, a cellar with wines dating back to 1946 and a proud family legacy, this is one of the behemoths of wine production in the Rhône Valley, and therefore, a great place to […]

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The Northern Rhône – Demystified

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The Northern Rhône – Demystified

September 2009 Since this is the first of a series I am rolling out, here’s my game plan when I report on wine regions: Part 1: The region demystified. Some find wines intimidating. There’s absolutely no need for this. Wine is supposed to be fun and enjoyed. I think it’s critical to know what’s behind […]

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