Wine tasting in Dublin – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy

On Wednesday night at ely winebar we tasted through some of the great wines of  Burgundy with Conor Richardson of Burgundy Direct.

We looked at 5 wines from the region: 2 white and 3 red to illustrate the value and style available from the region.

  1. Bourgogne, Jean Grivot, 2007 (Rouge)
  2. Macon Solutre ‘Les Clos’, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2010
  3. Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2009
  4. Vosne Romanee ‘Bossieres’, Domaine Jean Grivot 2006
  5. Gevrey Chambertin, Christian Serafin 2003

Conor proposed an interesting tasting order – Starting first with a red rather than the whites! Why? So as not to attack our palate with the acidity, but rather to caress it with silky tannins and gentle red fruit. It was a stroke of genius –  Jean Grivot Bourgogne is from the commune of Vosne Romanee  and makes the perfect aperitif. The 2007 vintage is beautiful in youth with elegant fruit aromas of red and morello cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Conor assured us that it was the perfect way to relax after a hard days work.

Macon Solutre 'Les Clos' 2010

After our aperitif we began the tasting. Fresh from the vineyard, our tasters were some of the first people to take a look at the 2010 vintage of the Macon Solutre from Domaine Gerbeaux.  The white wines of Macon are made from Chardonnay and generally have bright, simple fruit, fresh acidity and are unoaked. The Macon Solutre was absolutely stunning and a real crowd pleaser. Unoaked, elegant and brimming with minerality it has great intensity and depth of lemony citrus characters, ripe apples and melons. It was the surprise of the night. Whereas the Macon Solutre is unoaked with lovely apple characteristics, the Pouilly Fuisse oozes with rich, creamy oak and tropical fruit. Not for the faint hearted this Pouilly Fuisse has lots of body and depth with layers of sweet and savoury oak. Pouilly Fuisse certainly offers exceptional value for money for those who like robust Chardonnay.

Jean Grivot Bougogne

The red wines of Burgundy are made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, disliking hot weather and susceptible to rot, it takes a lot of work in the vineyard and crafting in the winery to make these sumptuous sweet, earthy wines.
Vosne Romanee produces elegant, delicately perfumed and fragrant red wines and the Jean Grivot ‘Bossieres’ 2006 is no exception! Light in colour and body it has layers of red fruits, spice and earthy tones with a deliciously velvety mouthfeel – this was one of the favourites of the night! We then moved on the Gevrey Chambertin 2003 from Christian Serafin. 2003 was a very hot and difficult vintage. The crop was half the normal size due to dehydration of the grapes.You have to be a very skilled winemaker to produce a good wine in such extreme conditiond and Christian Serafin has done a great job.  The vintage conditions lead to a robust full-bodied Pinot with very concentrated ripe,  fruit flavours.

Vosne Romanee

Although everybody had their favourites, what the tasters really enjoyed was the opportunityh to taste 3 reds from the same region and the same grape variety that varied greatly in style!

If you would like to know where you can buy any of the delicious wines mentioned  or any other greats from Burgundy please contact Conor Richardson at info@burgundydirect.ie.

For more information on up coming tastings please visit our website or contact Michelle Lawlor on 01 678 7867 or wineclub@elywinebar.com

Thanks for reading!

Wine tasting in Dublin: a Masterclass in Europe v the Southern Hemisphere

Wine Masterclass
New World v Old World

On the 11th April ely bar & brasserie will present a masterclass in global wine styles featuring guest speaker Michele Jordan.

Michele Jordan has worked in the wine trade for over 20 years and represents some of the world’s most highly acclaimed winemakers. Through the evening Michele will talk us through the key differences between Europe, Australia and New Zealand, explaining why Europe looks towards Australia and New Zealand for emerging styles and why Australia and New Zealand are starting to emulate their European counterparts.

Ever wondered why wines from the Southern Hemisphere taste so different from those of Europe, or why New Zealand now rivals France on world class production of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The masterclass will feature 4 flights including a comparison of Sauvignon Blancs from Australia, New Zealand and France, Pinot Noirs from Australia, New Zealand and France and look at Italian varietals emerging from Australia!

Ticket price: €45
Date: 11th April 2011
Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7pm

1ST FLIGHT
2009 Poggiotondo Bianco, Tuscany

Alberto Antonini, Poggiotondo's winemaker

Alberto Antonini, Poggiotondo's winemaker

2010 Mitolo Vermentino, McLaren Vale

 2ND FLIGHT
2010 Delta Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc
2010 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills

2009 Sautereau Sancerre, Loire

 3RD FLIGHT
2008 Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir, Marlborough
2008 Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
2004 Domaine Lafarge Volnay, Burgundy

4TH FLIGHT
2008 Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore, Tuscany
2007 Greenstone Sangiovese, Heathcote
Greenstone Sangiovese

For more information or to book your place please contact Michelle Lawlor on 01 678 7867 or email wineclub@elywinebar.com.

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