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Leaving for Burgundy Next Week

Jason has got me to thinking, so I am taking my lovely, young wife to Burgundy for her birthday (a significant one, but cannot say which one). Hope to report from the "source," as we have booked a dozen great wineries, in various regions in Burgundy. Hope to have something worthy of posting here.

Hunt

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    1. re: zin1953

      We hope to. If little actually happens, life will still go on.

      Thanks,

      Hunt

      PS - We still need to work out either a NOLA trip, or San Francisco (at the end of Burgundy on this trip).

    2. If you get to Chablis try to visit Francis Boudin. His l'Homme Mort from the far tip of Fourchaume is nearly always GC quality.

      Have a great trip. Best to Linda.

      1. Bill,
        We just returned from Burgundy (Puligny Montrachet) and learned about an import/shipper (http://cotedorpdx.com/) who will handle getting wines from the Cote d' Or to the US (if you are in a state that allows wine shipment) for 175 euros a case and 250 euros for 2 cases. It sure beats trying to fit and lift a couple of cases in your baggage.

        BlueOx

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        1. re: BlueOx

          Due to the extreme heat in AZ, this time of year, we negotiated some later shipments.

          I will report how those work out.

          Thank you,

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            We are waiting for 2 cases purchased in Cote d' Beaune 3 weeks ago for shipment to Colorado High Country. I'll let you know when they arrive and in what kind of shape. My understanding is they go first to Portland, Oregon and get trans-shipped from there.

            On another note; have the Cote d'Or vintners recovered from the excessive rain in May?

            Blue Ox

            1. re: BlueOx

              Wow, I miss Colorado, and for many reasons!

              The rain was just at the right time, according to most. We encountered nothing but sun, and that was good too. The hope was for a few more days of rain, which were hitting, just as we left. The blooms looked great, throughout all vineyards that we visited, and it appeared that some vines had grown between our first day, and our last. As of last week (first week of June, 2013), things were looking great, and most were smiling.

              The sunshine was great to ideal. The moisture, if the rains that we left found their way to the valley, was great to ideal.

              However, we all know that "stuff" can happen, like last year's two hail storms, right at the wrong time. Only time will tell.

              Hope that your wines arrive safely, and that you enjoy. I will likely avail myself of some of the services offered, at an appropriate time in AZ.

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Bill,
                Our 2 cases arrived today, a month and 3 days from buying them at the winery. They were extremely well packed in styrofoam inserts inside a sturdy cardboard box. They all appeared to have been well cared for, no capsule leakage.

                This sure solves the problem of not being able to buy some of our favorite Burgundies here in the US. Also, Julian at the Caceau in Puligny (http://caveau-puligny.com/) uses the same shippers (www.cotedorpdx.com) to get wine to his US clients.

                Thanks for the update on June weather in Burgundy.

                Blue Ox

                1. re: BlueOx

                  This is good info for me.

                  Because of the high heat in AZ, at this time of year, we put things off, but did get the contact info, for late Autumn/Winter.

                  Hope that my experiences are the same as your.

                  Thanks,

                  Hunt

        2. If you would stoop to a Pernand-Vergelesses, I very much like the wines of Rapet Père et fils.

          And the Santenays of Vincent Girardin.

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          1. re: collioure

            Second for Rapet. Classic, understated Burgundy, although I must confess a preference for his reds over his whites.

            1. re: collioure

              Vincent Giardin is well-known to me, and via several appelations. We have greatly enjoyed many of his wines, though not on this trip.

              With but 10 days, we were somewhat limited, and had many appointments already.

              Everyone was excellent, and I have zero complaints from the top, to some of the lower-tier producers - just absolutely delightful.

              Hunt

            2. Almost forgot about restaurants in/near Beaune

              Last time there finally got to l'Ecusson and le Jardin des Remparts. Both excellent, and I know we drank a half bottle of Rapet PV at the latter just after buying his wines at noon. My third choice was the Clos des Cedrès.

              Jean Crotet, the chef who put the Hostellerie de Levernois on the map retired about 10 years ago, but from what I read it's superb today.

              Jean Pierre Silva of Le Vieux Moulin in Bouilland retired - I would avoid for the moment.

              However, I expect you're going to the likes of Lameloise which we didn't even like many years ago.

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              1. re: collioure

                Though not THAT far from Beaune, we dined (dinner) at the Abbaye de Bussiere (our hotel) each night. We became fast friends with the two sommeliers and the chef (plus the entire staff).

                We hope to get a week in Beaune, and I will make note of your recommendations.

                Thank you,

                Hunt