Fine Burg Tasting At K&L

Had the pleasure of sampling a Bunch o’ Burgs courtesy of Keith Wollenberg from K&L.

1) 2009 Chablis “Vaillons” (J.P. Droin) - $26.99
Light yellow. Fine lemony sandlewood nose.
Grapefruit styled fruit with a dry finish. Good QPR. [86+ pts]

2) 2009 St. Aubin “Les Charmois” (Paul Pillot) - $32.99
Light yellow. Reticent floral citric nose.
Rich spicy fruit with a long finish. Good QPR. [88 pts]

3) 2009 Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru (Dom Laleure-Piot)(Champy) - $29.99
Very light yellow. Very grapey nose with spice and vanilla undertones.
Lush entry leads to a dry long finish. Very nice! [89 pts]

4) 2008 Puligny Montrachet “Combottes” (Dom. Maraslavac-Leger) - $64.99
Light yellow. Reticent sandlewood nose.
Fine, firm Chard fruit with a long steely finish. Excellent! [91 pts]

5) 2009 Meursault “Perrieres” (Dom. Ballot-Millot) - $79.99
Very light yellow. Fine nose of lemony oak.
Decent nutty fruit but lower in acid than I would like. [88+ pts]

6) 2009 Chassagne Montrachet “Morgeot” (Drouhin/Marquis Laguiche) - $99.95
Light yellow. Fine nose of nuts and marshmallows.
Firm, powerful, slightly tropical fruit with a touch of butterscotch.
Young but tastes yummy now. [92 pts]

7) 2009 Mercurey “La Framboisieres” (Faiveley) - $26.99
Light-medium red. Sweet, gummy raspberry nose (lives up to it’s name)
Nice upfront fruit tails off somewhat in the finish. Good QPR. [87+ pts]

8) 2009 Savigny Les Beaune “Les Vergelesses” (Dubreuil-Fontaine) - $34.99
Light-medium red. Ripe strawberry/rhubarb nose.
Firm, minerally black cherry fruit entry leads to a slightly this finish.
This needs a few years. [88 pts]

9) 2009 Volnay “Santenots” (Ballot-Millot) - $53.99
Light-medium red. Cherry liquore nose.
Elegant, light-medium bodied, pure essence of Pinot fruit.
Fine and delicate. 91+ pts]

10) 2009 Pommard “Cuvee Billardet” (HdB/Meo Camuzet) - $64.99
Medium red. Sweet, floral, black cheery liquore nose.
Ripe fruit, somewhat one dimensional at the moment.
Considering it’s pedigree, a tad disappointing. [88 pts]

11) 2009 Corton “Renardes” (Dom. Delarche) - $69.99
Light-medium red. Fine spicy floral nose.
Elegant, yummy cherry berry fruit with a long finish. Excellent. [92 pts]

12) 2009 Vougeot “Les Cras” (Dom. Mongeard Mugneret) - $69.95
Medium red. Spicy, earthy, funky red fruits nose.
Again, funky fruit character (touch o’ Brett?) Not my cup of tea. [88 pts]
However, others liked this more than I.

13) 2009 Vosne Romanee “Les Suchots” (Maison Champy) - $84.99
Medium red. Spicy, resiny red fruited nose.
Elegant, structured red fruits with a tannic finish. Not your typical 2009!
An ager with all components in place for future positive development. [91 pts]

14) 2009 Chambolle Musigny “Hauts Doix” (Dom. Groffier) - $139.95
Medium red. Peet’s Coffee nose (I believe Garuda).
Powerful, high toned, luscious red fruits with fine acid. An ager.
My WOTD. [93+ pts]

15) 2009 Grands Echezeaux (Dom. Mongeard Mugneret) - $147.99
Medium red. Nose of spicy rhubarb.
Spicy, neccho wafer tinged fruit with a firm finish.
Quite young and should age nicely. [91+ pts]

16) 2008 Charmes Chambertin “Tres Vielles Vignes” (Roty) - $199.99
Medium red. Fine hammy, slightly bubble gum nose.
Elegant old vines taste of bacon, coffee and red fruits.
Closed, but it’s quality is very evident. Let it sleeeep. [93 pts]

I was struck by the confectionery nature of the 2009 Red Burg’s noses.
This belied the different, firmer mouth character of some of them.

At any rate, a fine tasting by Keith!


Missed you, as I showed up after 3:00, but had time to go through the whole lineup. Might punch in my notes later to CT, but my clear wine wine of the tasting was the 08 Roty, which had tons of class, and was both more reserved and more powerful somehow than any of the 09s. I had really looked forward to trying the Groffier, and while I enjoyed it was disappointed with it’s ripeness and sappiness. And I swooned over the Droin Chablis, that wine was stellar, particularly for the price, with plenty of rich deep fruit. More Burgundy than Chablis, as seems to be the case in 09, but a lovely wine.

Re: Ballot-Millot, I consider the Perrières the weak spot in their Meursault line-up, which is strange from such an heralded climat, but I really prefer their Genevrières or Narvaux, which you should be able to source for less money (~$50?) and might end up enjoying more. Re: the Volnay, their whole line-up of reds is really nice, and I’m drawn to them by the purity you mention, as I’m usually looking for a clear pinot character first and foremost. If available, check out their Beaunes, esp. the Epenotes.

Thanks for the advice.
I will delve into it!