Chardonnays from Burgundy & the Languedoc

Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé 2015, Burgundy, France (~£25 Hailsham Cellars, Warlingham Wines, Saxty’s, North and South Wines, FL Dickins, Chester Beer and Wine, Fine Wine Sellers, Exel Wines, winedirect.co.uk, Amazon) Gentle, generous style of wine, the warmth of the vintage means it’s fat and fleshy rather than sleek, with rich, rounded nutty pear and ripe apple […]

I’ll Drink to That: Burgundy Legend Dominique Lafon

Thumbnail image for levi_dalton_ill_drink_to_that.jpg Episode 438 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and features Dominique Lafon, the Managing Director of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, the Burgundy domaine based in Meursault. Dominique is also the founder of the Mâcon winery Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and the Burgundy négociant label Dominique Lafon. He consults in Oregon at Lingua Franca Wines. Dominique Lafon is one of the most important Burgundy vintners of his generation, and his accomplishments in the region and outside of it are numerous. He revitalized and expanded his family domaine, he helped bring Meursault to the prominence it now enjoys, he made significant investment in the Mâcon, pioneered the concept of custom crush in Burgundy, and helped bring a swathe of Burgundians to Oregon. He also is that rare Burgundian vintner: one who is equally proficient in both red and white wine production. All of these facets of his career are ...

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 10, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week was the sparkling edition of my samples tasting, because, well, it's that time of year isn't it. While I don't taste wines by seasonal schedule in any way shape or form, people have been asking for sparkling wine recommendations, so it was a good reminder to taste through the sparkling wines that have been piling up. I've got a mix of bubblies from California and France this week, starting with a couple of Champagnes from Henriot, a very reliable producer in Reims. Their Blanc de Blancs bottling was quite tasty, and while not the highest scoring wine this week, one that I very much wanted to drink an entire glass of. Closer ...
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Tasting Wine with Jean-Nicholas Meo of Meo-Camuzet

Today Jean-Nicholas Meo has a brilliant reputation as the head of the respected Meo-Camuzet estate in Vosne-Romanee, but actually he spent much of his life in Paris with his politician father. The Meo family had inherited the property in 1959, but as was common in those days, the family arranged for a local farmer to cultivate the vines in exchange for a percentage of the profits. Yet in the 1980s, perhaps due to the rising popularity of Burgundy under the influence of critics such as Robert Parker, Jean-Nicholas’s father decided to work the land and bottle the wine within the family. With that, in 1985 Jean-Nicholas was sent to Burgundy to oversee the developing new business. Though at the time he know little about wine, he learned fast, found the right mentors, and in the fullness of time shaped up the vines, and modernized the winery despite financial constraints. He ...

Burgundy, Beaujolais and Bais. OK, Pais…

Another batch of videos in an attempt to clear the backlog. Beginning with one of the best wines I’ve had this year… Maison Harbour Gevrey Chambertin La Justice 2015, Burgundy, France (£48.33 Vino Beano) Oh yum. Wonderfully supple style, still desperately young, but already showing its immense charms. Lovely pure gentle plum, berry and red […]