Burgundy wine aficionados and novices gathered at Boulder’s Mediterranean Restaurant for the Burgundy Wine Festival Grand Tasting on October 30. Hosted by the Boulder Wine Merchant, the event benefited the Growe Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Longmont, Colorado.
The tasting of more than 100 Burgundy wines (more familiar to some as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) included rare wines donated by the Boulder Wine Merchant’s distributors, including Robert Kacher Selections, Volio Vino, Rosenthal Wine Merchants, Old World Wines, Wilson Daniels, Joseph Drouhin, Esprit du Vin, Domaine de Montille, Martine’s Wines, Vineyard Brands, The Sorting Table, and Becky Wasserman Selection. The wines included village wines, premier (1er) cru, and grand cru wines from Burgundy, France. View slideshow here: http://lodeplus.com/wine-in-denver/boulder-burgundy-wine-festival-gr….
There were so many good wines, and so many enthusiastic wine tasters, that a portfolio-by-portfolio tasting seemed a good way to tour Burgundy in Boulder. Here are highlights from four wine portfolios:
Martine’s Wines poured seven selections, including 2009 Dominique Cornin Beaujolais Blanc, which was a refreshing sip of pure Chardonnay, and 2006 Morey-Coffinet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 1er, which attendees to the Burgundy wine seminar learned is known for its tropical notes.
Vineyard Brands poured 12 selections, including the delicious 2008 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet Champ-Canet 1er. The wine was another fine example of the region’s bold style wines, as described by master sommeliers Richard Betts, Bobby Stuckey, and Brett Zimmerman in the Burgundy wine seminar.
The Sorting Table poured four wines. Several tasters stopped at the table to try the full flight. Representative Jamie Adams encouraged tasters to begin with the 2009 Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet village and 1er wines, which offered two levels of Chardonnay smoke, tropical fruit, vanilla, and creamy citrus. Next was 2008 Roblet-Monnot St. François Volnay, a smooth red Burgundy. The final wine was 2008 Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles, which Adams described as a clean, precise wine, a “powerful Burgundy” made by a family-owned winery that dates to 1825. This wine was an interesting, earthy, intensely colored wine that smelled of tobacco, mushrooms and the forest floor. It tasted of minerals and blackberries.
Rosenthal Wine Merchant poured nine selections, including the 2008 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne. It smelled and tasted of rich, red fruit, and was a crowd-pleaser among the tasters. Representative Jon Chaplin fielded questions about this wine and others in his portfolio.
The Mediterranean Restaurant offered an array of wine accompaniments, including chicken liver pate, an onion tart, macerated strawberries, and roast lamb with raspberry, Casveltrano olives with minced fennel, and Gruyere rolls.
Executive chef Anthony Hessel was available to discuss a selection of French cheeses as he offered them to wine-tasters: Ossau-Iraty raw sheep’s milk cheese, St Nectaire raw cow’s milk cheese, Fourme d’Ambert semisoft blue raw cow’s milk cheese, La Jeune Autise washed goat cheese, Delice du Bourgogne pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, and Epoisses pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, which was a brandy-soaked triple crème. The cheeses enhanced the wines and vice-versa.
The Boulder Wine Merchant’s Burgundy Wine Festival’s Grand Tour Tasting was indeed grand – the perfect finish to a successful wine festival. The Boulder Wine Merchant is located at 2690 Broadway in Boulder. It is open Monday-Saturday 10am-9am and Sunday 11am-7pm. Visit its blog at http://www.boulderwine.com/wine-blog. Discounts on Burgundy wines will be offered through the month of November to anyone who brings his or her Burgundy Wine Festival brochure as proof of attendance. The Mediterranean Restaurant is located at 1002 Walnut Street in Boulder. It opens at 11am daily.
The Growe Foundation provides elementary schools with organic vegetable gardens and a “Garden to Table” program that teaches school children about healthy eating and caring for the environment. Proceeds from Sunday’s Seminar on Burgundy Terroir and Grand Tasting supported Growe’s efforts to teach local children how their food choices affect the health of their bodies and the health of the planet.