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The Best of White Burgundy John P. Biestman Richard Adatto A WAC Wine Club Cellar Tasting September 11, 2014.

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1 The Best of White Burgundy John P. Biestman Richard Adatto A WAC Wine Club Cellar Tasting September 11, 2014

2 Burgundy: The 2010 Vintage - Cold Winter and Spring, Hot June-July - August Rain, Needed to Pick After 9/12! - Vines Flowered Late - White Yields Dropped 16% - Better White Wine Vintage than 2009

3 RedWhiteTotal Grand Cru10,7063,37514,081 Premier Cru141,00658,677199,683 Total151,71262,052213,764 Size of 2010 Burgundy Crop





8 Meursault

9 Tasting Notes: - Slight Oak on the Nose - Medium Body - Flowery - Melon, Acacia, Citrus-Like Minerality - Bottled Unfined and Unfiltered - Aged in Bottle 20-23 Months - 35 year-old Vines - 20% New Barrels Jobard Meursault Genevrieres 2010


11 Montrachet

12 Vineyard Puligny-Montrachet is a village in the Cote de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, with its own communal appellation. It is also home to four Grand Cru vineyards and 17 Premier Cru sites. The village was originally called Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its iconic Grand Cru vineyard, Le Montrachet.

13 History Leflaive has been producing this cuvee for over 10 years from a single plot in the heart of the vineyard. The wine undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in barrel and is aged for a total of 12 months in on its lees in 25% new oak. Following a gentle fining the wine is bottled and rests in the cellar for a short period prior to release Today, Olivier Leflaive Freres, owning about 37 acres of land, is known as a small negociant of high quality with a focus on the whites from the famous villages of Puligny, Chassagne, and Meursault

14 Tasting Notes: - Minerals - Melon, Orchard Fruit - Long Finish - Buttery Notes - 12 Months in Oak Casks, 6 Months in Tanks - Biodynamic Oliver Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2010

15 Pairs With: Goose Liver Lobster Caviar Prawns Poultry Veal

16 Corton-Charlemagne

17 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 Producer Dubreuil- Fontaine Pere & Fils

18 History Corton-Charlemagne is named after the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, who once owned the hill of Corton on which the vineyards now rest. According to later legend, the vineyards are dedicated to white grape varieties because the emperor's wife preferred white wines as they did not stain his beard. The AOC was created in 1937. The vines are located on the higher ground of a hilltop that stretches between the Burgundian villages of Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses. The slopes planted with the most valuable vineyards face southeast on the hilltop, with the land gradually sloping downwards towards the major French highway Route 74.

19 Corton Charlemagne 2010 They have been making wine for over five generations starting in 1879. The winery vines are halfway up the southeast facing hillside. The average vine age is 40 years old, & all grapes are handpicked.They use 35% new oak

20 Chablis

21 History The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The grapevines around the town of Chablis are almost all Chardonnay, making a dry white wine renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates, The wines often have a "flinty" note, sometimes described as "flinty “ and sometimes as "steely”.

22 Vineyard

23 History Part 2 In comparison with the white wines from the rest of Burgundy, Chablis has on average much less influence of oak. Most basic Chablis is unoaked, and vinified in stainless steel tanks. Some wines receive some maturation in oak barrels, but typically the time in barrel and the proportion of new barrels is much smaller than for white wines of Côte de Beaune.

24 Taste A dry and fruity wine that is easy to drink Color: Pale gold with greenish hues Very fresh aromas reminiscent of citrus (lemon or grapefruit) Small pleasant touches of fern or coriander are found as well On the palate, dry and fruity, with mineral notes, a pleasant and long aftertaste.

25 Taste Part 2 The 2010 wines are pure. They show style and elegance. The good balance between mellowness and acidity provides a lot of freshness and enhances their fruitiness and character Floral, butter, grassy, baked green apple, light lees, waxy, matchstick, seashell aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, elegant palate with green apple, nutty, floral, grassy, spicy, light lees flavors with a touch of gooseberry and seashell. Good now but will age well for 2-3 years

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