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Wine Flight to Burgundy

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

1- Domaine Billard Père et Fils

Grape: Pinot Noir

Geography: Burgundy, France

Appellation: Côte de Beaune

Features: Organic

Domaine Billard Père et Fils is located in Roquepot, 15 km south of Beaune. Since 1999, Jérôme Billard represents the fourth generation to manages this family estate, their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. All the farming work happens in reasoned cultivation without weeding and without pesticides. Add to this the use of natural yeasts and you get the domain's goal - express the typicality of the terroirs. Here, tradition and innovation are combined to get the most of the vineyards.

Tasting notes: “Domaine Billard Pére et Fils bring tous this striking Pinot Noir from Burgundy's Côte-d'Or, situated southwest of Beaune. This flamboyant yet crisp Pinot Noir displays complex notes of and lightly tart red fruit. Reminiscent of fresh pomegranate on a late summer's night at the Marakesh Bazaar, this Pinot Noir is sure to transport one's mind and palate to a most charming place.”


2-  Domaine Benoît Cantin


Grapes:
Pinot Noir and Gamay

Geography: Burgundy, France

Appellation: Bourgogne Passe-tout-grains

Features: Sustainable

Domaine Benoît Cantin covers 13.5 hectares and has been a staple of Irancy for many generations. Benoît took over in 1994 and hopes to pass down the legacy to his children, Felicien and Emeline, in a few years. Benoît is currently still working on the property with his father Bernard. Though not organically certified, Benoît Cantin is built upon the philosophy to respect nature and the terroir.

Tasting Notes: “Light red in color, this Irancy displays aromaces of spice, cherry and raspberry; very soft and elegant on the palate. Soft, dry tannins and a light oak presence; there is a smoky element here that is quite attractive. The finish, with its acidity, depicts the crispness of this northern production area.”


3- Domaine Thierry Richoux


Grape:
Pinot Noir

Geography: Burgundy, France

Appellation: Irancy

Features: Organic

Thierry Richoux’s family has been growing grapes and producing wine in Irancy since 1610. Over the years, they have accumulated a fairly sizable patchwork of vineyards in various sectors of the appellation, 20 HA in total. Tenth generation Richoux is a true master when it comes to his vineyard work, so much so that, along with his own estate vineyards, he also farms the Irancy vines for Vincent Dauvissat. He is also one of the only producers in the appellation who farms organically, a true challenge in this northerly and often inhospitable growing climate. He is driven by an unwavering commitmet to always respect both the terroir and the vintage. 

Tasting Notes: “The 2015 Irancy is superb, unfurling in the glass with an inviting bouquet of juicy red cherries, licorice and rose petals. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, its stunning depth of fruit concealing velvety tannic structure, all underpinned by succulent acids. While its almost lavish expression of fruit makes it superficially approachable, the real excitement will come with bottle age.”


4- Marcel Giraudon


Grape:
Pinot Noir

Geography: Burgundy, France

Appellation: Bourgogne-Chitry

Features: Sustainable


Chitry-Le-Fort, as the name suggests, was once a fortified town and in the Middle Ages the main road, La Grande Rue, formed the boundary between the lands of the Count of Tonnerre in Champagne and the Count of Auxerre in Burgundy. In the 19th century wines of Chitry were sold under the name of Chablis and more recently in 1929 the wines were accorded the name of Bourgogne des Environs de Chablis. Today Chitry is one of four viticultural communes of the Auxerrois and wines are labeled as Bourgogne or Bourgogne Chitry.

The Giraudon family has been farming and making wine in Chitry for centuries, and the current proprietor, Marcel Giraudon, follows very traditional methods in his work. Their vineyards are on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl as one finds in Grand Cru Chablis. Yields in the vineyard are kept modest and harvesting is done by hand. For the white wines, fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and for the pinot noir mainly fiberglass vats are used with a “drapeau d’eau” for temperature control.

Tasting Notes: “The Pinot Noir in this terroir offers a wine of great freshness and purity. It is light in color, wonderfully aromatic, fruity and refreshing. The grapes are 85% de-stalked and the wine receives a pre-fermentation maceration of a couple of days.”