Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Domaine Sylvain Dussort, 7th Jan

On Friday morning we packed up our bags to leave Meursault, but not before a visit to Domaine Dussort. Sylvain mainly specialises in white wines, and his Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee des Ormes always goes down well. I was also particularly impressed with the Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2009. But the big surprise of the tasting was the red Beaune, Fleurs Blanches, which was still in a stainless steel cuve. It had a wonderful perfume and a beautiful colour, and was a good expression of Beaune. Apparently part of this vineyard is premier cru, but this particular wine isn't, so it's rather good value.

Another enormous cellar...

And that wraps up this year's trip to Burgundy - a great selection of committed, enthusiastic, relatively small-scale producers making wines in tiny quantities. It's a privilege to visit them and drink this stuff and I'm very grateful to ACC for arranging these tastings. It seems only fair to mention that some of these wines can be obtained from Edward Parker Wines and compared to other (perhaps more famous) wine merchants, the growers and negociants they work with offer excellent quality without giving you a heart attack when you look at the prices.

Next up on A de V, tomorrow's Madeira dinner where we will be tasting wines from extinct producers - watch this space.

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