So this past Sunday afternoon me, Matteo and 7 of his colleagues went to Burgundy. Since everyone start work at Tuesday we only had Monday to actually visit any producers.
On sunday evening we stayed in Beaune over the night and toured the vineyard during the day. We saw pretty much all Grand cru vineyards in Cote de Nuits, and only a few in Cote de Beaune.
On Monday we got the opertunity to visit two cellars, Domaine Leroy and Domaine Prieuré Roch. The best visit was clearly Leroy, mammamia! It is not easy to get a tasting appointment with Lalou Bize-Leroy, owner of Domaine Leroy (and previous shareholder in Domaine de la Romanée-Conti also in the small village of Vosne-Romanée). We got recevied and warmy welcomed by her right-hand man Mr Fédéric Roemer, he previously worked as head sommelier for Alain Ducasse. Extremly professional and down to earth. I made the visit outstanding!
Domaine Leroy, creates biodynamic wines from nine Grand crus. Bize-Leroy began cultivating vines using biodynamic techniques long before the practice was well-known or understood. Most of the work is practiced in the vineyard and it really shows. And they are still crushing the grapes with their feet.
9 Grands Crus :
Corton-Charlemagne — 43 a 15 ca,
Corton-Renardes — 50 a 14 ca,
Richebourg — 77 a 65 ca,
Romanée-Saint-Vivant — 99 a 29 ca,
Clos de Vougeot — 1 ha 90 a 69 ca,
Musigny — 27 a,
Clos de la Roche — 66 a 50 ca,
Latricières-Chambertin — 57 a 15 ca,
Chambertin — 50 a 03 ca.
We tasted most of their wines from barrels, my personal favorite was Clos de Vougeot Grand cru 2014. I have no words, probably the best red burgundy wine I have ever tried! On the nose there was intense fruit, black berries and dark cherry. Spices and stone minerality. The palate was beautifully elegant and generous. Long finish and a wine you definitely want to drink more than a glass of! I´m so lucky that I had the chance to visit.
In the end of the barrel tasting Mr Fédéric was very gnerous and opend a to bottles, 2007 Romanée Saint Vivant and Chambertin 2009. Crazy wines!
I think we made a mistake to start with visiting Leroy, because when we visit Domaine Prieuré Roch it was nothing compared to Domaine Leroy. And for all of you who are thinking of going to Burgundy, make sure you have more then 29 hours! There is so much to see and so much to taste!
Ps. if you ever get the chance to dry or drink wines from Domaine Leroy, don’t tell the price of the bottle to your mum!