There’s something civilized about a small glass of dessert wine after a meal. Whether an accompaniment or a replacement for a plate of something sweet, it’s a thoughtful way to end a dinner. Recently we’ve been offering our guests a splash of Pommeau, our new favorite cordial, but with some desserts the pairing can be even more purposeful.
We don’t offer Grand Cru red Burgundy every day -- it’s not cheap, nor is there very much to go around. Representing just 1.3% of the wine produced in Burgundy, Grand Crus can be transcendent, but also require substantial investment and plenty of patience. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth it.
Last week we were thrilled to welcome Alsatian winemaker Christophe Mersiol to the East Coast. Several readers joined us for delicious dinners at some of Boston’s and Philadelphia’s finest restaurants. Mersiol’s wines are a natural match with food, and the week was a culinary adventure we won’t soon forget.
The world has long been enamored with white Burgundy. A favorite both of European royalty and Thomas Jefferson, it’s a pure, near-perfect expression of the Chardonnay grape. Three neighboring towns – Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, and Meursault – are at the heart of this extraordinary source.
The French are famous for their leisurely lunches. From noon to 2pm the entire country pauses, and an effort to accomplish anything – renting a car, scheduling a tasting, even buying a loaf of bread – becomes futile. Our morning appointments often invite us to stay for lunch, promising something simple and fast. We used to beg off joining, citing other tastings or distances to drive, but these days we’re more inclined to stifle our American tendencies, and settle in for “restauration rapide.”
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a well-trodden appellation. Made famous by French popes in the 14th century, and then again by Robert Parker in the 1980s, the area has been on the winemaking map for some time. Today the appellation, which covers only about 12 square miles, produces some of the most sought after wine in the world.
It was living in Burgundy 15 years ago that first inspired us to begin importing wine. And though we’ve since added other regions and even neighboring countries to our portfolio, Burgundy will always feel like home. But it’s a small place – a tenth the size of Bordeaux – and the demand for its wines tends to bid up the prices.
Earlier this month we wrote about the beautifully rich Bourgogne blanc from the Domaine Ravaut. The wine shows thickness and fullness without distracting heaviness, and at $22/bot, it has flown out of our inventory. Today’s post is for the Bourgogne’s more muscular older brother – the 2012 Ladoix blanc.
With America’s favorite gustatory holiday fast approaching, we’ve put together some recommendations in a list of Thanksgiving Cases. But there are two additional autumnal beverages we think will be right at home on your holiday table: sparkling cider, and its more serious older brother, pommeau.