Last night I attended Importer Frederick Wildman and Sons Burgundy walk around tasting at Wally’s Wines in Los Angeles.
The lineup included 2010 and 2011 whites (Chardonnay in Burgundy) from Chateau Fuisse (Pouilly Fuisse) Olivier Leflaive, whose wines ranged from his inexpensive, drink now Bourgogne Blanc to his exquisite Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, and Edouard Labruyere of Domaine Jacques Prieure of Meursault. The Leflaive 2010 Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot Premier Cru and the 2011 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru were the standouts for me among the whites.
But my favorite Burgundies are the reds (Pinot Noir in Burgundy) and there were some beauties (2009,10,11) from Domaine Faiveley, ranging from the 2011 villages wines of Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise, to the elegant 2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze and Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru that are made to age for a generation or more. And, in between, were some beautiful Villages wines from Nuits St Georges, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne Romanée as well as superb Premier Crus from Beaune, Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St Georges. While the Clos de Beze Grand Cru was stunning, every wine in this group was a winner.
However, Edouard Labruyere brought two reds that came home with me…his drink now inexpensive 2010 Domaine Labruyere Moulin-a-Vent Gamay from Beaujolais (his interpretation very much like a neighboring Burgundy) and his outstanding 2009 Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay Champans Premier Cru from Burgundy.
All of these beautiful wines were complemented by some well paired cheeses from Wally’s Cheese Box.
Photos by Christine Humphrey ©2013