Taking BURGUNDY to the Next Level

Please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, on February 29th at 7pm for Taking Burgundy to the Next Level. Back on February 15th, we did a high level look at the length of the Cote d’Or. On Feb 29th, we’ll take it to the next level focusing in on the differences found in terroirs. We’ll start with five white wines from the “Cote de Blancs” villages of Chassagne, Puligny, and Meursault, all from 2011. The two Chassagnes are both 1er crus from Fontaine Gagnard, The Puligny is also a top 1er cru. And the two Meursaults are a top premier cru and what is arguably the most sought after village wine in all of Burgundy.

Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Grand Montagne 1er cru 2011
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Vergers 1er cru 2011
Bachelet Monnot Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres 1er cru 2011
Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Genevrieres 1er cru 2011
Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2011

Then comes a range of reds starting with two of the very top wines 1er cru wines from Beaune (from two rival producers) followed by three Volnay 1er cru reds, all from the same winery and same 2011 vintage. We’ll follow that with two 2009 1er crus from Michel Gros comparing two distinct terroir with essentially the same farming and winemaking. And we’ll finish up with two Clos Vougeot Grand Cru reds, both 2008s from the special climate of Grand Maupertuis, one from Anne Gros and the other from Michel Gros (who are cousins).

Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 1er cru 2011
Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Caillerets 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or 1er cru 2011
Michel Gros Vosne Romanee aux Brulees 1er cru 2009
Michel Gros Vosne Romanee Clos des Reas 1er cru 2009
Anne Gros Clos Vougeot le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru 2008
Michel Gros Clos Vougeot Grand Maupertuis Grand Cru 2008

Taking Burgundy to the Next Level will cost $140.00 per person cash ($147.37 regular). The course will meet at 7pm on Monday February 29, 2016 at l’Alliance Française. Registration is limited to 28 people. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

As The Wine School at l’Alliance Française, Bear Dalton has been teaching Texans about wine since 1998. He has over 35 years of experience tasting (currently about 9,000 wines a year), drinking and enjoying, and working professionally with wine – including over 30 years experience teaching and writing about wine.