The Covid-19 situation will make it difficult to visit Burgundy in the weeks or even months to come.
I do have, however, a new stack of visits and tasting notes on which to report following my March trip to Burgundy.
Here is the itinerary of my exciting March visits. Let’s go to Bourgogne!
Day 1 – Domaine Jayer-Hoffmann and Domaine Vincent Ledy
The first day included two visits – after repairing a double tyre puncture.
First was Domaine Jayer-Hoffmann – the former Jayer-Gilles estate in Magny-lès-Villers.
We tasted with new winemaker Alexandre Vernet and got an impression of the stylistic changes after the change of ownership and management.
Next up was a new producer – for me at least – Vincent Ledy in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Very interesting wines, especially the 2019s, but also the fine 2018s, 2017s and 2016s that were shown. A tremendous tasting.
Day 2 – Domaine Sirugue, Morey-Coffinet and Naudin-Ferrand.
Day two began at Domaine Sirugue, tasting both the Sirugue wines and the Arnaud et Sophie negociant wines. A delightful visit with Arnaud Sirugue and his wife Sophie. The 2018s were sampled, along with a nice Grands Echezeaux 2011 to round off the tasting.
Morey-Coffinet was also on the program Tuesday with a tasting of the lovely 2019s – the full range, including the negociant wines.
An exciting visit was to Claire Naudin of Naudin-Ferrand in Magny-lès-Villers. Magnificent visit, and adorable wines. What can I say?
Day 3 – Marthe Henry Boillot, Domaine Roulot, Domaine Vogüé and Heitz-Lochardet.
Morning tasting at Maison Marthe Henry Boillot: tremendous 2018s and a teaser of the 2019s. I do like the wines at this address.
The Domaine Roulot visit is a beautiful tradition, this year tasting the 2018s and having a fine discussion with Jean-Marc Roulot.
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé featured a nice chat with Jean-Luc Pepin and a delightful tasting of the 2019s with a cheerful François Millet. Brilliant 2019s on the way, it appears.
The final visit on Wednesday was Domaine Heitz-Lochardet, tasting the fine and bottled 2018s with Armand Heitz’s assistant Louis de Belleroche.
Days 4 + 5 – Moron-Garcia, Domaine Jean Fournier, Jacques Cachaux, and Axelle Machard-Gramont
Moron-Garcia Thursday evening with Pierre-Olivier Garcia: brilliant 2019s with delightful notes of roses in several wines.
Friday was quite a busy day. starting out with a pleasurable tasting in Marsannay at Domaine Jean Fournier, sampling some delicious 2019s and most of the fine 2018 lineup with Laurent Fournier.
Next, Domaine Jacques Cachaux in Vosne-Romanée, where we tasted the 2018s and a few 2019s with Patrice Cachaux. A fine lineup, and exciting 2019s here.
Axelle Machard de Gramont concluded the week with a tasting of the fine 2018s and a view of the 2019s. Always a treat to visit this estate and Axelle.
Thanks to all in Burgundy for receiving us for tastings during this busy and rather turbulent week after the cancellation of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne.