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One of this week’s assignements for my wine course is to discuss and taste a Burgundy. Here goes:

I have selected a 1er Cru wine to taste from the Côte D’Or.  Located in Savigny-Lès-Beaune, the Vergelesses vineyard is southeast facing with a gentle slope.  The wine is a Pinot Noir that has been vinified with wild yeasts having been hand picked and cultivated without chemicals.  It has been aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.  

The Pinot Noir grape is notoriously difficult to grow and produce quality wine, it requires a lot of attention and is susceptible to disease and rot.  It has a difficult time ripening and needs a cool to moderate climate.  Situated in the central part of Burgundy, this vineyard gets the right weather and with the aspect being southeast, it gets the maximum sunshine ensuring full ripeness.  The gently slope allows some extra degree of sunshine for the grapes as well as good drainage.   

Hand picking the ripe berries makes for a more uniform selection of grapes and raises the overall quality whilst the use of French oak barrels adds complexity, which is compounded by the use of wild yeasts.  

Jean Féry & Fils Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2010, France 13% ABV

  • Appearance- Clear, pale garnet with watery legs.
  • Nose- Pronounced aromas of red cherry, redcurrant, stewed fruit, clove and smoke.  Developing.
  • Palate- Dry, high acidity, medium (-) tannin, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium intensity flavors of red cherry, strawberry, redcurrant, smoke, prune. The finish is medium (+).
  • Conclusion- A very good wine that can be drunk now but has potential for aging.

Ps. This is the second 1er Cru I have opened this week that I think is too young, even at 10+ years.  I really like the way this one is developing, the tertiary flavors are starting to come out.  I have two more bottles to sit on and watch the evolution over the next 5 years or so.

So, I am going with 92 points and for $50, this is a great deal on semi-aged Burgundy that gets 5 stars from me. Salut….