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White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked;  or unoaked?  And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

2011 Pierre Damoy Bourgogne Rouge

In Burgundy, Uncategorized on February 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

This Bourgogne Rouge is cut from the cloth of all Domaine Damoy wines – dominated by Gevrey Chambertin.  However, try as Pierre Damoy might, putting grand cru wine into a Bourgogne-priced bottle is not a good business strategy.  So here, in this bottle, he blends in the vineyards of Fixin and Couchey.  It makes perfect sense – Fixin and Couchey both touch Gevrey Chambertin to the north and hold a similar fruit profile, yet don’t command the same fruit prices.  Meaning we get something that tastes like a Gevrey Chambertin (and nearly a premier cru at that) for the price of a humble Bourgogne.

And Pierre make a broad style of red Burgundy – on the nose are loads of blackberries, blackcurrant, notes of truffle, and a touch of earth.  The palate is expansive – yes, it’s a Bourgogne, but remember the blend – Gevrey Chambertin comes through richly across the mid-palate, accentuating the fruit characteristics present on the nose, filling in with a black cherry profile that delightfully accentuates the smooth, perfectly mature richness of the body.  This is not some tart cranberry-fruited red Burgundy, this is a gorgeously aged and beautiful Gevrey from one of the region’s top producers. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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2015 Domaine Langlois Chateau Sancerre

In Sauvignon Blanc on February 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm


Sancerre is a region on the far inland side of the Loire Valley, up from Nantes, past Vouvray and Saumur and nearly into the heart of France.  And it is this place – a set of steep slopes of Kimmeridgean Marl soils – that produces a wine like no other.  Our example is the producer Langlois Chateau Sancerre.

The first sensations are of mango and papaya followed by fresh ginger, hints of Kaffir lime leaf and raita layered across the nose.  The soil is completely Kimmeridgean Marl, a fossilized sea-life chalk that imparts a grandly stated aromatic complexity of green poivre, wildflower aromas of asperge des bois, bluebells and Moutarde noire.  Texture rules this palate: a chiseled, finely etched chalk, drying the mouth, yet with citrus-inspired aromas mingling in candied lemons, poached white fruits, and a lingering lift of pepper.  Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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