Mid- to late-1990s and 2004 Burgundy - April 10, 2024

Tonight's tasting was hosted by our Burgundy expert Bob, assisted by his guest and another Burgundy sauvant Paul. The vintage report is as follows:

1995 - small, very good vintage turned out better than expected
1996 - large harvest, higher acidity, starting to show better recently
1998 - difficult weather, rather tannic wines, spotty
1999 - very large, excellent vintage
2004 - problematic, smallish vintage beset with poor weather, hail storms, mildew, high acidty, showing poorly

As an aside, I thought this article touched on the subject of perception/individual taste, subjectivity and patience very nicely.

Starter Blanc

2015 Chabis Cote de Lechet Laurent Tribut, Premier Cru
2014 Dujac Puligny Montrachet "Les Combettes", Premier Cru


1995 Corton "Bressandes", Prince de Merode
1996 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Henri Rebourseau
1996 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, Christian L. Remoissenet
1996 Nuits-St.-Georges, Robert Arnoux
1998 Savigny-les-Beaune, Emmanuel Rouget
1998 Nuits-St.-Georges, Robert Arnoux
1998 Vosne-Romanée Priemier Cru, Aux Reignots, Bouchard Père et Fils
1995 Vosne-Romanée Priemier Cru, Aux Reignots, Robert Arnoux
2004 Chorey-lès-Beaune, Dominique Laurent
2004 Pommard "Les Epenots Vieilles Vignes", Dominique Laurent
2004 Pommard "Clos des Epenéaux" Domaine Comte Armand
2004 Morey-St-Denis "Les Ruchots", Domaine Arlaud
2004 Chambolle-Musigny "Les Fuées", Domaine Faiveley
2004 Mazoyères-Chambertin
2004 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat
2004 Richebourg Grand Cru, Domaine Gros Frère


no dessert wine served

Burgundy Quiz

1. Wine was first grown in the Burgundy region by the Romans in what Century? a. 1st Century BC b. 1st Century AD c. 3rd Century AD d. 5th Century AD
2. During the Middle Ages, most of Burgundy was controlled by a. Royalty b. Monks c. Farmers d. Merchants
3. What was created by the French Revolution in Burgundy? a. Large estates b. more church property c. négociants d. bigger towns
4. In 1855, how was all Burgundy classified? a. Land b. price c. château d. quality
5. The most important determinant of quality wine in Burgundy is what? a. Land b. vintage c. vinification style d. wine maker
6. The total land area in square miles of all Grand Cru Burgundy is a. 2 b. 3 c. 5 d. 7
7. Total Burgundy production is what percentate of Bordeaux production? a. 10% b. 25% c. 33% d. 50%
8. The "Côte d'Or" is divided into 2 parts AND is slightly larger than Napa Valley a. True b. False
9. Burgundy wine production is primarily red wine, specifically 80% red vs. 20% white a. True b. False
10. There are 33 Grand Crus in Burgundy, specifically 28 red and 5 white a. True b. false
11. The larges Grand Cru in area is a. Chablis le Clos b. Clos Vougeot c. Chamberton d. Corton Charlemagne
12. The smallest Grand Crus in area is a. La Romanee b. La Tache c. DRC-DRC d. Chevalier Montrachet
Tie Breaker: There are approx. how many designated Premier Crus in Burgundy? a. 300 b. 400 c. 500 d. 600

Images of Sampled Wines:

Answers to the quiz: 1. 1st Century AD; 2. Monks; 3. Négociants; 4. Land; 5. Wine maker; 6. 2 sq. mi; 7. 33%; 8. False; 9. False; 10. False (8 white); 11. Chablis le Clos; 12. La Romanee; Tie breaker. 600

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