Posts with the label "chablis"


Le Marathon Bourguignon

Le Marathon Bourguignon

Monday 9th September 2019
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

The Hameau de Barboron was the perfect setting for two Burgundy marathons. 2016 White Burgfest and 2016 Red Burgfest proved to be an unexpectedly comprehensive pair of tastings.

The White tasting held in May, the red at the beginning of this month. A total of 218 white and 259 red samples were mustered, a show of great faith and generosity from growers given the tiny yields of this frost-ravaged vintage. A group of 12 wine merchants and journalists gathered to taste blind over 4 mornings each for the red and white wine marathons.  At white Burgfest there were 38 blind flights, at red Burgfest 43 blind flights, each organised by village and, where possible, vineyard.  The rabble, herded patiently by Jasper Morris, included myself, William Kelley (for the white tasting only) Jason Haynes (Flint), Catherine Petrie (Comte Armand), Matthew Hemming (Vinum), Adam Bruntlett (BBR) Toby Morhall (The Wine Society), Christopher Moestue (Moestue grape selections), Neil Beckett (World of Fine Wine), Luis Gutierrez who made a cameo appearance in the absence of Neal Martin for white Burgfest, and a well recovered Neal Martin himself who returned for the reds this month. A full, collective report of the Burgfest tastings will be published in the World of Fine Wine towards the end of this year. In the meantime find herewith my own personal thoughts: 

A Burgundy Tasting: Burgfest 2015

A Burgundy Tasting: Burgfest 2015

Friday 15th June 2018
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

At the end of May the Burgfest team, an 11-strong group comprising a mix of burgundy specialist journalists and merchants, gathered at the tranquil Hameau de Barboron in the forest above Savigny-Les-Beaune to taste the great white crus of Burgundy from the 2015 vintage.  

We braved our wild boar-infested surroundings and knuckled down to taste 235 white burgundies blind over four mornings. The wines were organised in flights by village and then by vineyard or vineyard style, ranging from four to nine wines each.  The line-up was pretty mouth-watering:  tranches of Grand Cru Chablis, Meursault Perrieres, Chassagne Caillerets and Puligny Folatieres were just a few courses on a very appetising menu that was to culminate with nine Chevalier Montrachets and four Montrachets at the end of the last morning.  This was an unparalleled and unmissable opportunity to taste the great whites of Burgundy side by side, and what a thrill it ended up being.  Herewith my own personal thoughts on the wines.

Vintage Update: A Trip to Chablis

Vintage Update: A Trip to Chablis

Monday 5th February 2018
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

A trip to Chablis last week was short and soggy. The village was heavily flooded in parts, including a 200 metre stretch of road to the entrance of the village.  

France has seen relentless rain since the beginning of December.  But vine-growers aren’t complaining, the deluges are offering much needed replenishment to water reserves after the drought of 2017.  Finger’s crossed for a trouble-free year for Chablis, it will be well deserved.  After hail and frost in 2016 and frost again in 2017, less wide-spread but more damaging where it did hit than in the previous year, growers have earned a more plain-sailing vintage.  2016s at good addresses will be lovely from the off, full of open fruit and fresh acidities, but it will not be a year to buy willy-nilly.  

A Drouhin dinner with Christophe Thomas

A Drouhin dinner with Christophe Thomas

Monday 23rd January 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

It went down to minus 8 the evening that the great Christophe Thomas arrived in Aberdeen to talk through the wonderful wines of J.Drouhin over dinner. 40 of us sat down to taste eight Drouhin wines and one Sauternes over 5 courses at The Marcliffe. 

As we all gathered for a glass of Forget Brimont, I inspected the white wines, which were bathing in basins of ice, and with a shiver I went to join our Chairman. Luckily, there was nothing chilly about the evening.

On the Road to Chablis

On the Road to Chablis

Sunday 23rd May 2010
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

As I leave the Cote d'Or the clouds part and out comes the sun. Bright blue skies see me all the way up the autoroute de soleil to junction 21, Nitry. 

I head, with great anticipation, into the rolling hills of Chablis' big country and its long straight roads, a spoiling programme that includes Fevre, Brocard, Moreau Naudet, Vincent Dauvissat and Laurent Tribut lying before me.

I taste the 2008s which are all in bottle, even Dauvissat's Clos at long last! Well, they are as great as they were last November, perhaps even more thrilling. They have an electric acidity, a lush ripeness, great mineral Chablis character and huge power without ever comprising finesse or balance. Any 08 from a reputable grower should be snapped up.