Sommelier trip to Burgundy, by Jason Haynes

Published: 28-10-2015

Our annual sommelier trip to Burgundy took place recently and we put some of the country's top sommeliers and buyers through a rigorous schedule of 20 tastings in 3 days. Much of the focus was on the 2014 vintage, which looks very promising, especially in white, but we also looked at some more mature wines, too. These included 2 blind wines. The first was a 1976 Gevrey-Chambertin from Domaine Taupenot Merme  which was still going strong after 39 years, despite being a humble village wine. And we finished the trip with a 1954 Nuits 1er Cru Les St Georges from Domaine Gouges, a vintage no-one has any experience of. The books claim it was a dilute vintage that should be drunk 'rapidement'. If 61 years old is rapidement for Gouges then they were right. It was still full of both vigour and pleasure.

It was another great trip with some great characters. We ate and drank well each evening with some highlights being the 2007 Nuits 1er Cru Cailles from Chevillon and the 2012 Meursault Meix Chevaux from Roulot. Not sure the Chartreuse was a highlight but it was certainly drunk with gusto!

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