Wine Group Lesson 8 – Burgundy & Alsace

Posted by on March 21, 2011
Our Second Lesson in France

The Everyday Guide to Wine says:

Burgundy is the antithesis of Bordeaux. While Bordeaux is full-bodied with deep color and gripping tannins, Burgundy is perfumed, silky, elegant and more delicate. It has less grip but is no less powerful.

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The Burgundy Wine Region

We got into some pretty expensive wines in this region. Thank goodness for our wine group collective so we can try wines that we otherwise could not afford (or maybe could afford, but wouldn’t want to).

Our assignment this time was to try a Burgundy Chablis, a Meursault, Côte de Beaune or Burgundy Chardonnay, a Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits or Burgundy Pinot Noir, a Burgundy Beaujolais and an Alsace Gewürztraminer or Pinot Gris.

Here are the wines:

2009 Louis Jadot Chablis ($25.99 – we tried a 2004 Louise Jadot Chablis in Lesson 1.) It smelled of  mineral and green apple, high acid which was smoothed by eating cheese, light body with a quick, warming finish.

2007 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Chardonnay ($49.99 – ouch!) It smelled of mineral, oak and had an apple hint, had medium high acidity, thicker body than the Chablis (whole milk vs skim milk) with a slight hazelnut aftertaste.

The Gamay Grape

The Gamay Grape

2006 Rossignol-Trapet Gevrey-Chambertine Pinot Noir ($54.99 – super ouchy). This wine had a mineral, berry and slight barnyard smell to it – this is not a bad thing. It was dry and light bodied.

2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Gamay ($9.99 – that’s easy on the wallet). It smelled of candied raspberries, low acid, light tannins and light bodied.

Lychee fruit

Lychee fruit tree

2006 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer ($15.99). This wine smelled of lychee and honey, was low acid, had a very thick, creamy feel in the mouth – heavy bodied, and finished with warmth. This was my fav for the night – no surprise there.

Next time will be our last lesson in France and we will try out our first Rosé. Until then…cheers!



One Response to Wine Group Lesson 8 – Burgundy & Alsace

  1. Dave

    The Gevery-Chambertine was an excellent example of a classic French Pinot Noir – this wine showed what a Burgundy red should be. At the end of the tasting I compared it, taste by taste, to the Beaujolais it really showed it’s complexity. The Beaujolais tasted harsh and rough – where the Gevery-Chambertine was smooth and even. That said it would have an occasion beyond special, which I can’t now imagine, for me to buy another bottle at $55. Especially when a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck is $35 and much more celebratory.