The Alluring, Enchanting Delights of Chambolle-Musigny.

The Alluring, Enchanting Delights of Chambolle-Musigny.

Among Burgundy’s many delicious wines, those from Chambolle-Musigny frequently offer the most alluring and enchanting delights especially in outstanding vintages. The best examples balance delicate, complex red fruit aromas and ripe, transparent flavors with uplifting freshness and silky, elegant tannins.  Drinking and enjoying four terrific Chambolle wines at a recent lunch proved the point convincingly.… Continue Reading

Jean-Claude Rateau: Burgundy’s Biodynamic Pioneer Leads Change While Quietly Delivering Exhilarating, Delicious Wines

Jean-Claude Rateau: Burgundy’s Biodynamic Pioneer Leads Change While Quietly Delivering Exhilarating, Delicious Wines

Eighteenth century French philosopher Voltaire suggested “Il faut cultiver notre jardin”—“We must cultivate our garden”—even in the face of life’s complications and chaos. Burgundy winegrower Jean-Claude Rateau takes Voltaire’s advice to heart. Since graduating from Beaune’s Lycée Viticole in the late 1970’s, he has carefully cultivated his vineyards very much like a garden using organic and… Continue Reading

Alsace Winegrowers’ Palpable Passion for World Class Pinot Noirs

Alsace Winegrowers’ Palpable Passion for World Class Pinot Noirs

Burgundy may be Pinot Noir’s spiritual home, but Alsace winegrowers’ palpable passion for Pinot Noir these days cannot be ignored. Leading winegrowers such as André Ostertag, Christian Beyer, Jean-Paul and Marie Zusslin, Maxime Barmès and Rémy Gresser embody the renewed dedication to producing high quality, delicious Pinot Noir wines worthy of international attention. Each grower… Continue Reading

La Dernière Goutte Provides Ingenious French Wine and Food Moments in Paris

La Dernière Goutte Provides Ingenious French Wine and Food Moments in Paris

For American-born Juan Sanchez, his Paris wine shop began with La Dernière Goutte, a French name meaning “the last drop.” But rather ironically for twenty years at this cozy establishment at 6 rue Bourbon-le-château in the Left Bank neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés, French wines and classes have flowed continuously. Over the years Sanchez added a trio of… Continue Reading

Northern Burgundy Vignerons Persevere with Pluck, Passion, Personality

Northern Burgundy Vignerons Persevere with Pluck, Passion, Personality

On the otherwise brilliantly clear morning of April 21, 2017, a smoky gray haze hung over the famous Chablis Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy. The night before, temperatures dropped below freezing just like the two previous nights.  Exhausted, but plucky vignerons had again valiantly manned bougie smudge pots burning through the cold night air attempting… Continue Reading

Charles Lachaux: A Portrait of the Winegrower as a Young Man

Charles Lachaux: A Portrait of the Winegrower as a Young Man

In the early 2000’s, winegrower Pascal Lachaux of Domaine Robert Arnoux in Burgundy readily called on his teen-age son, Charles, to translate business conversations with English-speaking importers and journalists. The poised and engaging young man communicated confidently. His intelligence and the obvious bond of trust, mutual respect and collaboration between father and son made telling… Continue Reading