Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Palate Food & Wine Burgundy Wine Tasting - Saturday December 5th from 1PM to 4PM!

Wow, the holidays really are packed with great events!  Coming up this Saturday, my favorite wine bar in LA is hosting a great Burgundy wine tasting event featuring the 2007 vintage, which I hear is incredible.  It's a walk around tasting the the cost is $30/person, a real bargain since we're talking about piggy-bank-breaking Burgundy here.  In addition to tasting all the wines, they're for sale out of Palate's wine shop, and many of these wines start at under $20/bottle (but range up to near $200).

If you're interested, call or email them to sign up quick!  They say space is limited.  There's a good chance Kuzak and I will hit this up (after we go to Eat My Blog for goodies that morning)!  What's could be better than dessert and Burgundy all in the same day?  I guess Christmas really has come early this year!

Event Information:

What: Walk Around 2007 Burgundy Wine Tasting
When: Saturday, December 5th from 1PM - 4PM
Where: Palate Food & Wine (933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204)
Cost: $30/person

To reserve call (818) 662-9463 or email merchant@palatefoodwine.com.

The Tasting Lineup: 

Vrignaud, Domaine Chablis $21.99

Lafon, Héritiers du Comte Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four $32.99

Leroux, Benjamin Auxey-Duresses Blanc $39.99

One of our absolute favorite Vosne-Romanée sources, Gérard Mugneret produces wines of impressive purity and richness. Unfortunately, a long list of private clients tend to absorb most of his production though we're happy to take as much as is made available. The Passetoutgrain here, along with that of Michel Lafarge, is as good an example of this as you'll find and a lovely wine to enjoy while the others age. As for the Bourgogne and Vosne Romanée village, we feel that these are peerless, reference standard bottlings.

Mugneret, Gérard Bourgogne Passetoutgrain $21.99

Mugneret, Gérard Bourgogne Rouge $29.99

Mugneret, Gérard Vosne-Romanée $59.99

One of the highlights of any of our frequent Burgundian excursions is a tasting with the talented David Croix at Maison Camille Giroud, the most exciting of all of Burgundy's « micro » negociants Since his first vintage in 2001, David has managed to establish himself as one of Burgundy's great young winemakers by issuing one stellar vintage after another from his astounding Chambertin down to the most humble Bourgogne bottlings. We feel that there are no better values in the Côte de Beaune and this lineup of sub-$30 from Bourgogne to 1er Cru bottlings is compelling indeed.

Giroud, Camille Bourgogne Rouge $25.99

Giroud, Camille Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Au Crêtot $29.99

Giroud, Camille Marsannay Les Longeroies $28.99

Giroud, Camille Santenay $29.99

Giroud, Camille Maranges Le Croix Moines $29.99

Benjamin Leroux, young superstar winemaker at Comte Armand for the last decade, started his own negoce business with the 2007 vintage and the results are promising.

Leroux, Benjamin Nuits-St.-Georges Les Allots $54.99

This is one of the most exclusive addresses in Burgundy with holdings in not only all the great terroirs of Chambolle-Musigny but also the famed monopole Clos de la Maréchale in Nuits-St-Georges, a family holding which had been on lease to maison Faiveley for fifty years ending in 2003. While the Faiveley bottlings were impressive for their sheer power, Mugnier has managed to infuse a bit of Chambolle elegance into his version with impressive results.

J.-F. Mugnier Nuits-St.-Georges Clos de la Maréchale $64.99

Sylvain Cathiard produces an impressive array of Vosne-Romanée, none more so than his elusive, dare we say mythic bottling of Malconsorts, one of Burgundy's greatest vineyards, it's premier cru rating be damned. It's proximity to La Tache may be rather suggestive but Malconsorts has it's own charms. Less structured than the premiers crus which lie north of town but generally finer with more flair and fat. this one wine is reason enought o come to this tasting.

Cathiard, Sylvain Vosne-Romanée $82.99

Cathiard, Sylvain Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts $189.99

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