Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Puligny-Montrachet 2002 (Louis Latour) wine review by (PB)

Okay talk about the quirks of life! I have a conference in Chicago and as it happens so does (NW). We are in two totally different industries and Chicago is uh, big. I get my hotel and it turns out I am about 7 minutes away from where (NW) is staying which means, we have to rendezvous and do some wine exploration. We hit "Binny's" which is a big chain that has truly awesome selections, great prices, excellent support for customers and the best selection of current release Bordeaux I have seen anywhere.

I wanted something to take back to the hotel for (NW) and I to try. I grabbed a half bottle of this wine thinking I was paying $17 for this white Burgundy. (Store that for a minute)

So (NW) and I go back to his room after packing the wine in snow to put a little chill on it and we open it.

This wine is light golden and full of a lovely vanilla bean with some sweet spices; the palate is clean with citrusy lemon zest around a custardy foundation. I love it! This is a wine that is as lovely to just sit and smell as it is to drink. The wine is just ever so slightly flaccid as to its structure but it is absolutely lovely and would make a wonderful food wine.

Don't grow fond of white Burgundies unless you are rich or don't care about retirement. But here's the deal now. I was awed by this wine thinking I paid $17 for it but my receipt I checked two days later said I paid $8 for this half bottle. Another point about Binny's: As I was walking to the register the Binny's wine info guy says, "That's a great wine but we have had some cracked corks in those bottles with some seepage. If you find that is the case, just bring it back!"

Now that is impressive customer service!

Well there was some seepage but the wine was fine. Raise a glass to Binny's and Burgundy.

1 comment:

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Burgundy Wine“The wines from Bourgogne boast a longer history than any others.”
Here are some key dates in the long winegrowing history of Bourgogne, listed in chronological order.

312: Eumenes’ Discourses: oldest known documented reference.
1115: Clos de Vougeot Château built by monks from Cîteaux.
August 6, 1395: Duke Philip the Bold (1342-1404) publishes ordinance governing wine quality in Bourgogne.
1416: Edict of King Charles VI setting the boundaries of Bourgogne as a wine producing area (from Sens to Mâcon).
November 11, 1719: Creation of the oldest mutual assistance organisation, the "Société de Saint Vincent" in Volnay.
1720: Champy, Bourgogne's oldest merchant company was founded in Beaune and is still in business today.
1728: The first book devoted to the wines from Bourgogne, written by Father Claude Arnoux, is published in London.
July 18, 1760: Prince Conti (1717-1776) acquires the "Domaine de La Romanée", which now bears his name.
1789: French Revolution. Church-owned vineyards confiscated and auctioned off as national property.
October 17, 1847: King Louis-Philippe grants the village of Gevrey the right to add its name to its most famous cru – Chambertin. Other villages were quick to follow suit.
1851: First auction of wines grown on the Hospices de Beaune estate.
1861: First classification of wines (of the Côte d'Or) by Beaune's Agricultural Committee.
June 15, 1875: Phylloxera first detected in Bourgogne (at Mancey, Saône-et-Loire).
1900: Creation of the Beaune Oenological Station. April 30, 1923: Founding of La Chablisienne, Bourgogne's first cooperative winery.
April 29, 1930: A ruling handed down by the Dijon civil courts legally defines to the boundaries of wine-growing Bourgogne (administrative regions of Yonne, Côte-d’Or, and Saône-et-Loire, plus the Villefranche-sur-Saône area in the Rhône).
December 8, 1936: Morey-Saint-Denis becomes the first AOC in Bourgogne.
October 14, 1943: Creation of Premier Cru appellation category.
October 17, 1975: Crémant de Bourgogne attains AOC status.
Jully 17, 2006: Creation of Bourgogne's 100th appellation: “Bourgogne Tonnerre”.
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