Seeing Stephen Hawking pass away after many years of battle with illness – I felt both sad and inspired – and remembered his famous qoute.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
This also apply to the world of Burgundy .. as wine is very much about sensing and enjoying – trying to rationalize via what we think is knowledge.
While we can explain some things regarding the influence of terroir, and we can explain most of the chemical side of vinification – in reality we know very little about why Coche-Dury spellbinds a whole wine world and have do so for decades.
The beauty is in this complexity, the fact that we can not understand why and how – and therefore the greatest wines can not be replicated.
I have seen quite some “copy” producers trying to replicate the style and the quality of successfull producers – yet most or should I say all falls short, as they lack the thing that is inherent not there when conceiving a copy – and that is soul and personality.
When we buy great wines – we do get a piece of the estate, the winemakers personality, ambitions and talent – this is what gives us the thrill of these great wines – and without this dimension – it’s in the end just fermented grape juice.