The Chenu sisters know how to make some serious Burgundy.
You know we love Italian wine, but we have a soft spot for French wine too, and after a couple weeks of Italian centric tastings we are ready for some great new arrivals from France.
Tonight we are honored to have vigneronne Juliette Chenu in the house to share her wines and stories of her tiny family domaine in Savigny-les-Beaune. Juliette is one half of the winemaking duo that is a partnership between herself and her sister Caroline. They are the 5th generation of family winemakers, part of a history that goes back to 1914 when the winery was founded.
Over the past 10+ years Juliette and her sister have slowly shaped the new perspective of this historic domaine. What was once a classic family production, most of which was sold in bulk to negociants, has been carefully crafted into what is now one of the leading producers in Savigny-les-Beaune. The sisters have an incredible ability to combine classic Bungundian methods with organic agriculture and natural winemaking. These wines really are the best of both worlds and offer much to discover to the curious Burghound.
We are thrilled to have Juliette in the shop tonight, so come taste some wine with her and she'll be really excited to meet you!
Tonight's Frenchie Lineup:
Domaine Chenu, Savigny-les-Beaune blanc $45
This extremely beloved white wine comes from 2 parcels in Savigny, Les Saucours holds some of the family's oldest white vines, including roughly 10% of old pinot blanc that are well over 50 years old. This parcel offers depth and roundness while the younger (15-30 years) vines up the road north of Savigny offers freshness and balance. So, so good.
Domaine Chenu, Bourgogne rouge $30
A truly classic Bourgogne rouge from a small parcel on the southern side of Savigny. This parcel sits right in the confluence of several important villages (Chorey, Aloxe, Pernard and Beaune) and gathers aspects of each in this humble yet serious wine. This is a wine indented for easy drinking, even in its youth and it bursts with bright red fruits, tangy acidity and elemental Savigny finesse.
Domaine Chenu, Savigny Hauts-Jarrons 1er Cru $45
The Cheun's have 4 parcels of 1er Cru land, Hauts-Jarrons is perhaps the most structured, intense and serious of them due to the exposure and soil of the vineyard. This side of Savigny is closer to Beaune, sits on top of a great hill where soils are deeper. The result is an amazing combination of power and elegance, structure and compliance. This 2012 vintage was exceptionally good for the Hauts-Jarron cuvee and is just starting to enter it's drinking window...so get some now, drink a little now and over the next 3-5 years (if you have that sort of patience!).
Since we only have 3 wines from Juliette we're gonna pour three other great French wines to round it out. Oh and Guillaume has joined us for the tasting tonight, so come make fun of his Washinton DC accent.
Domaine Realtier, Blanc Public, Provence $20
A picnic in a bottle! Bright, crisp and super easy to drink. One day the weather will be nice...one day.
Sebastien Bobinet, Amatus Bobi, Saumur-Champigny $25
An earthy, rustic , hyper natural cabernet franc from one of the best in the central Loire. This wine is actually great for this weather and maybe a roast chicken.
Domaine Quissat, 100 pour 100, Sud-ouest $20
Our much beloved south-west country wine has returned! Somehow this great unknown producer is making some of the best natural wines in his region....without pretense or desire for fashion. I haven't met a single person that doesn't love this Bordeaux blend of merlot and cabernet franc...join the tribe!