Sommelier trip to Burgundy, by Jason Haynes
|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.