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An Autumn Celebration.

We did quite a bit of celebrating over the weekend (hence the brief pause in these posts), kicked off by a dinner on Thursday on the chilly coast in Harpswell. To warm our guests toward the end of the main course, we served the Mas Foulaquier’s Gran’Tonillières. Following Chassagne-Montrachet and 14-year-old Vosne-Romanée 1er cru is no easy task, but the rich, and silky Gran’T more than held its own.

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Ink-like Syrah from the Abyss

Vineyard names often contain clues about the history of their location. “Vide Bourse” (“empty purse”) in Chassagne-Montrachet is at a crossing of ancient roads where robbers once lurked. “Chambertin” was once the field (champ) of a peasant named “Bertin.” “Genevrières” in Meursault is named for an ancient juniper bush.

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White Burgundy for a Crisp Autumn Evening.

Many people let the seasons dictate the color of the wine in their glass. And though on the average we follow this trend – more red in the winter, more white in the summer – it would be a shame to live an entirely monochromatic life. So we like to have summery reds and wintery whites at the ready, whenever the need arise.

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The Best Value in Burgundy.

Beside Chablis, the best secret in a white Burgundy lover’s cellar is his stash of St. Aubin. The village is easy to miss, wedged in a valley between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. And though it rightly plays second fiddle to these two giants, it’s still a source for what Rajat Parr calls “some of the best-value Chardonnays in the world.”

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Harvest Begins in Burgundy.

We think often about the week spent harvesting in Burgundy last fall. It was a wonderfully immersive experience, full of cozy meals, sticky grapes, and more than a little back soreness. (You can browse through our travel blog here). We’ll be going back for another harvest the next chance we get.

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Meaty Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan.

For centuries, two French regions have been the giants of the red wine world: Burgundy and Bordeaux. Aside from their alliterative names, they’re quite different – in size, style, grapes, tradition, vineyard structure, even bottle shape. Regular readers of these posts will know we’re usually partial to Burgundy, home to elegant, delicate Pinot Noirs. But every once in a while we love a glass of classic Bordeaux, something with a bit of meatiness, and perhaps a bit sauvage.

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On Autumn Air, Carignan, and Bean Boots.

There something about crisp autumn air that gives us a new energy for life. Between the oppressive heat of summer and the chilling cold of winter, fall is both a season of change and of balance. It makes us want to run outside and hike a mountain with sweaters on.

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Sparkling Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

Pinot Noir is synonymous with red wine. The wines it produces range from dense and rich in the New World, to elegant and delicate in the Old. But no matter where it’s grown, red fruits dominate the palette when it's a red.

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Syrah from the 45th Parallel.

The 45th Parallel north marks the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole. In the US the line traverses Yellowstone National Park and marks the Vermont-Canada border; in France, it bisects the Northern Rhône appellation of St. Joseph. It’s an appropriate marker for the region, whose wines borrow elegance from Burgundy to the north, and richness from the Southern Rhône below.

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Cool, Refreshing Alsatian White.

In this week’s warm temperatures we’re looking for two things in a wine: freshness and simplicity. Last week’s Condrieu is magnificent and complex, but we suggest saving it for the milder temperatures we hope to enjoy soon. These days we want white, cool, and uncomplicated.

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