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[02] Vaudoisey Gems

posted 14 Jan 2013, 05:09 by William Chong   [ updated 5 May 2013, 08:03 ]

Five years ago I visited a domaine in Gevrey Chambertin with the Singapore chapter of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. As we tasted through the wines, I remember finding them pleasant and charming without hitting higher notes. What did catch our eyes was their vintage 2006 Latricières-Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin grand cru going for the price of a 1er Cru elsewhere. Though the wine in the glass fell short of its Grand Cru status, it was lovely drinking and did represent great value for what was on the label. I bought 3 bottles and happily drank them over the next few years.

Last year, I heard from a friend that this same domaine was beginning to be regarded as "a new star" across the Atlantic Ocean. How could this be? I could not help but make a second visit to this domaine in autumn 2012. The current vintages we tasted had flesh, muscle, polish and poise - totally different from the wines of few years back. What caused this dramatic change? Well, the son took over the winemaking.

The domaine was sold out of almost every wine... except the same vintage 2006 Latricières-Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin grand cru now selling at more than double the price it was five years ago...

Though we did not end up importing the wines of that domaine, we did catch another domaine that is experiencing a positive hyperbole from vintage 2009. Bill Nanson (The Burgundy Report) wrote: "Tasted in March 2012 – I didn't know the domaine (Christophe Vaudoisey), but these wines are stars!".

The Vaudoisey family have been making wines since 1804 and the tradition has passed down from generation to generation. A modern cuverie was built in 2009 and Christophe is now joined by his son. The domaine farms 12 ha of vines covering Volnay, Pommard and Meursault. Winemaking is careful but non-interventionist, with the use of new oak at around 30%. The wines here are pure, perfumed and terroir driven to great effect. They show great delicacy now and the 1er crus have the structure and stuffing to carry them well into their teens.

We are fortunate to secure a small allocation of their outstanding 2010 vintage and are happy to offer you these excellent wines for a song.

Please see our price list for prices/availability of these wines.

[01] Great Value Burgs

posted 3 Jan 2013, 19:37 by William Chong   [ updated 5 May 2013, 08:02 ]

Happy New Year!

December 2012 was a hectic month for us as we moved apartments with 300+ bottles, loads of stemware and way-to-many decanters in tow. We are settled in now and kicking off 2013 with some great value Burgundy wines secured in the autumn. These wines arrive in January and will be ready for collection/delivery ahead of the Lunar New Year. They will come in handy at the reunion dinner and the string of CNY meals that follow. Drinking well doesn't always mean punishing the bank account...

To place an order, please email us at sales@awexplorers.com.

Fixin and Marsannay with Domaine Derey Frères

In the Cote de Nuits, continuing north from Gevrey-Chambertin we arrive at the communes of Fixin followed by Marsannay. Both communes lay claim to no Grand Cru though Fixin has several famous 1er cru. In days of old, the wines of Fixin fetched the same price as Chambertin but today they are but a fraction of that.

Written texts tell us that the soils of Fixin are deep with lots of clay resulting in plump wines that can be austere in their youth. What these dated texts don’t tell us is that the same wine growing/making improvements of the past decade all across Burgundy applies also to Fixin. Techniques and equipment have improved, and so have the wines.

At Derey Frères, a small family owned/run domaine, we tasted the most elegant Fixin (Vieilles Vigne) we have come across to date. It is a cracker and a tremendous joy to drink now and over the next 5-7 years. The Marsannay “Champs Perdrix” on the other hand offers more masculine “oomph” yet with the same balance found in the Fixin – a very complete wine and a brother to the feminine Fixin. They had some vintage 2010 available - a great vintage - and we happily snapped them up.

Givry with Clos Salomon

We rarely hear about Cote Chalonnaise. When we do, it is more likely about the rustic-bordering-on-rough wines made by careless negociants sold in supermarkets. It is a bit of a minefield hence it was imperative that we did some snooping around ourselves. We were totally glad we worked out a Saturday appointment to visit Clos Salomon in Givry - the smallest commune in the Cote Chalonnaise.

The domaine was established in the 14th century and has remained in the same family for over 3 centuries. Givry 1er Cru <Clos Salomon> is a monopole (single owner) of ~7ha right next to the winery. Historically described as “Volnay of the Chalonnais”, Clos Salomon is also very well regarded by Allen Meadows (BH92 for the 2009). The wines are enticingly perfumed and glides effortlessly on the palate. We tasted through vintages 2009, 2010 and 2011 and found them all to be in the same elegant style but bearing the distinct mark of the vintage.

How Clos Salomon has so far avoided the attention of Burgundy importers and wine lovers here baffle me. Perhaps it is because they sell out quickly at the domaine (2010 was long sold out when we visited). Being at the right place at the right time we made away with an allocation of their superb 2011 due for bottling the following month.

Please see our price list for prices/availability of these wines.

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