a world of difference…

Update 27.9.2017(7.5.2017)billn

What a lovely day Friday was, but how definitely un-lovely the rest of the weekend in the Côte d’Or was!

Friday I had lots to do, but late afternoon it was possible to get out for a walk in the vines and the old town of Meursault – and not one piece of Panatone from the Petite Vadrouille passed my lips!

Saturday (& Sunday, mainly) was a different kettle of fish – and pity the poor vignerons of Savigny-lès-Beaune who had their weekend of ‘open-doors‘ – a few of us hardy souls braved the rain, but 2 hours was more than enough, even with umbrellas – everything was wet!

In that time we managed to take in the Chenu sisters, the sisters of Domaine de Serrigny, Hugues Pavelot and Henri de Villamont – with strikingly different results – noting that I had a head-cold so no notes, but all our (4!) palates were generally aligned. We all like the Chenu sisters’ wines the most – 2015s – the Savigny blanc tasted more like a Bourgogne Blanc but a fresh and tasty Bourgogne – the 2015 red Savignys were lovely – Les Clous was most of our favourites, probably followed a super and typique Lavières. The Talmettes was delicious and very elegant if a much lighter impact wine – we all bought bits and pieces!

Onto the sisters of Domaine de Serrigny; a small range on show with a couple of villages level 2015s and some 2014s, even a Côte de Nuits Villages from Corgoloin which was lovely, as was the Savigny Blanc here – it had much more about it than the Chenu wine. The trip to the cellar of Hugues Pavelot was something of a disappointment – maybe it was the choice of wines – perhaps things that they had more of in the cellar and were looking to sell off? Anyway, not much to write home (or to you!) about.

Lastly we dropped in on Henri de Villamont – probably with the sole hope that they might be showing their 4 domaine Chambolles! In the end we got two white Savignys and two red, plus they found a couple of 11s in the tasting cabinet – a Chambolle and a Mazis. Of the Savignys – in both cases it was the domaine’s Savigny 1er monopole Clos des Guettes which was the best – both red and white were forward, sweet, brassy wines with a lot of oak make-up – but highly drinkable. The two 11s I wouldn’t recommend to anyone – then again, I don’t know how long those bottles had been open.

That was it – 2 hours – very wet, time to go home for a hot shower. Dinner in the evening was our first visit to Beaune’s ‘La Superb‘ restaurant, sat right in front of the brusque chef as he cooked. I hated my desert, but really enjoyed the rest – I’d definitely go back!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 5 responses to “a world of difference…”

  1. R.K. Stockton7th May 2017 at 5:30 pmPermalinkReply

    How long has Clos des Guettes been a monopole of Henri de Villamont? I’m pretty sure I have had that wine from several other producers in years past.

    • billn7th May 2017 at 6:35 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi RK – it always depends on your angle of view 🙂
      Les Guettes is a big vineyard, but HdV are the owners of a small part of that called the Clos des Guettes. BUT I have also seen other Clos des Guettes too – so it seems that HdV sometimes sell some grapes – but when all said and done they are the 100% owners of the clos… There are many similar examples – the most current being Clos des Perrières in Fixin – before Drouhin, and now Bichot buy grapes from Joliet in Fixin, but he remains 100% owner of the CdP and marks monopole in his label, despite not being the only bottling…

  2. phillip eaves7th May 2017 at 7:56 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, I am not so sure about a monopole, do not Domaine d’Ardhuy own 60 ouvrees and Domaine Gagey also owns some?


    • billn7th May 2017 at 8:21 pmPermalinkReply

      Now that’s something that I can’t argue against Phil – I was sure that the guy pouring the wine yesterday said it was a monopole – not a quasi-monopole 🙂
      I’ll ask the sales manager what the actual position is and revert!

  3. Jerome F Hasenpflug7th May 2017 at 10:23 pmPermalinkReply

    I think A-F Gros has a piece as well.

  4. billn8th May 2017 at 9:38 amPermalinkReply

    We are all right – and wrong – isn’t that what Burgundy is all about? 🙂

    I did hear correctly, HdV own 100% of the appellation Clos des Guettes that actually is inside the stout walls of the clos. Counter-intuitively there is a small amount of the Clos des Guettes that is outside the Clos, but is still called Clos des Guettes, rather than Les Guettes – there are other owners here.

    For info HdV claim the monopoly of Savigny ‘Le Village ‘

  5. phillip eaves8th May 2017 at 5:26 pmPermalinkReply

    Very interesting a Clos monopole and a Clos of the same name outside of the monopole but within the actual AOC Les Guettes must take a closer look next time I’m in Savigny. Did you by any chance get the size of the monopole Bill?


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