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Mature Burgundies and Bordeaux at Gravity Wine Bar; Upcoming Donato Enoteca Italian Winetasting

Is there a better way to spend a Tuesday evening than sharing Burgundy and Bordeaux from great years with old buddies? I don’t think so. In honor of one of peripatetic, legendary wine offline host Jonathan Dinh’s rare visits our way these days, since he moved to Singapore a couple years ago, we gathered at Gravity for good food and some stellar wines from specific years. The Burgs hailed from the great Burgundy vintages of 1978, 1985, 1990, 1993 and 1996 (okay, so a ’91 crept in there too). The Bordeaux were products of the incredible years 1982 and 1989. And our lone Super Tuscan, which turned out to be my WOTN, was a 1993 Tignanello. Yeah, a memorable Tuesday alright. Continue reading

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2009 Red Burgundies: Thibault Liger-Belair, Gouges, J.M. Boillot, Matrot, Mongeard-Mugneret

This was a great opportunity for me to taste through more of the 2009 vintage, from producers whose wines I try most every year. I’d only sampled about forty 2009 red Burgundies prior to this tasting, including some absolutely stunning barrel samples of Faiveley premier and grand crus. From the wines detailed below, and what I’ve tasted before, I can see why the 2009 reds have been getting such great advance press. Most of these had sumptuous fruit and sweet tannins. Continue reading

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Vintage Focused Burgundy Seminar with Allen Meadows

This was a fascinating walk back through then-recent Burgundy vintages, with Allen Meadows’s thoughtful and deep perspectives. Allen divided these vintages into three types: (1) “classic” vintages, of terroir and transparency, e.g., ’91, ’93, ’96, ’98 and ’01; (2) vintages of vintage, marked more by the character of the vintage than anything else, typically as a result of heat (’03) or overall lack of ripeness (’94), e.g., ’90, ’97 and ’00; and (3) vintages of the grape, the rarest type, that are more about Pinot Noir than terroir, e.g., ’02 and ’85. There was also at least one vintage that he thought was a hybrid–’99–marked by the vintage, but also showing terroir. Continue reading

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