A Week in Burgundy

A Week in Burgundy

A week in Burgundy, where to begin except at my arrival, it was snowing lightly. Unusual in March as if to really emphasize the vagaries of the weather that the Burgundians have to contend with.

I had been in Burgundy the previous year and only a few weeks later in the spring and I got a sunburn eating lunch outside in Chablis, sadly frost struck soon after that sunny outdoor lunch and terribly effected the 2017 vintage. 

We started with snow and ended with the sun but regardless the wines all showed light and freshness. What will be a sadly small and expensive vintage by the time it makes its way to California but the quality across the board was outstanding.

Our first visit with Blair Pethel at Domaine Dublere was a clear foreshadowing of the week ahead, beautiful and well-balanced wines but in a very small quantity. Blair was battling the flu when we visited him but he kindly still had us to his domaine. The reds were showing lots of plum fruit and spiced red currant with pretty floral acidity, perhaps with the exception of the Beaune En l’Orme which had a much more brooding character. The whites showed a lovely through seam of acidity, the Corton having the most round lush mouth.

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