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If we could characterize 2013 by one region it would definitely be Burgundy. Our hearts will always belong to Italy, but more and more our palates have taken up residence in Burgundy.
For this month’s Urban Legends Wine Club, we’ve put together four Premiere Cru burgundies – two white and two red – that highlight everything we have come to love about the region, all at 20% off their retail price. For this month, all the Urban Legends four-packs will come wrapped in a wood box, ready to slip right under the tree!
2011 Domaine Chanson “Clos de Mouches” Beaune 1er Cru – $140
Domaine Chanson is owned by one of our favorite Champagne houses, Bollinger. So right away you are assured of its quality. It’s a super small, 4.5 hectare vineyard on the border of Pommard. The first and last pressings of the Chardonnay are discarded due to their belief that the “heart” of the press expresses the greatest flavors of the terroir. TJ loves the texture of this white wine as well as its bright peanut shell and yellow apple flavors. A lighter-style Burgundy that will stand in great contrast to our next selection.
2008 Domaine Henri Boillot “Les Vergelesses” Savigny-les-Beaunes 1er Cru – $73
The Boillot family has been farming vineyards in Burgundy since the 1880s, and are the perfect example of how Burgundians carefully preserve their wineries to pass down to future generations. The family makes a much richer-style Chardonnay, but not with the banana flavors our American Chards often have. Instead, this remains fresh on the palate with cold white peach, peanut shells and caramel. This is a heavier-bodied wine (7W), and a good contrast to the Domaine Chanson. The two together are perfect examples of how different appellations and hands in winemaking can produce a varied end-result.
2009 Domaine Bertagna “Les Murgers” Nuit-St. George 1er Cru – $130
One of our favorite things about Burgundy is that the vineyards have been continuously cared for for centuries. The Bertagna vineyards are no exception, having been first farmed by the Cistercian Monks. The vineyard now has a reputation for perfection in all areas of winemaking, from the farming to the production. This particular vineyard sits directly above Richbourg, which is one Domaine Romanee-Conti’s best vineyards, whose bottles go for thousands of dollars. This is the same slope of land, same grapes, just a lesser known producer and hence a less expensive wine. A wonderfully expressive wine with chocolate covered raspberries on the nose. The palate is dark cherry, chalk, wood, black fruit and dried spice. An extremely long finish rounds out the experience.
2010 Domaine Bertagna “Les Beaux Monts” Vosnee-Romanee 1er Cru – $130
Another reason we love Burgundy is that every region and vineyard have their own expression of terroir. The wine is barely tinkered with after, so you can get a real sense of what the earth and growing conditions imparted to the end product. This is a different year and village than the previous wine, but the same hand in the wine-making. Taste these side by side with a group and see if you can spot the differences. To us, this is a very balanced wine, with a palate of black cherry, leather, and pink chalk. Like any good sibling, you know they are related, but they have their own personalities!
Regular retail price: $473
Discount of +20% on each four-pack: $373