Friday Feature: Meet Rosie and a Look at Some 2010 Burgundies.

Hello and Happy Friday!

Perman Wine would like to welcome its newest addition to the team, Rosie Hannah Perman.  She is only 4 days old, but she already has a great palate.  This dad thinks she is pretty darn cute too!

One note for those coming to the store on Saturday, I (Craig) won’t be at the store, as Rosie and her Mom need a lift home from the hospital.  Sheb will be manning the proverbial fort and she probably will have a couple of good bottles open to try!

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Today’s Friday Feature tackles a topic that is both near and dear to our hearts at Perman Wine: Red Burgundy!

The other week I had a couple of friends over to my place for dinner, and popped open a 12 year-old bottle of a Premier Cru Nuits-St.-Georges.  The experience reminded me why there are so many addicted to Red Burgundy, including myself.  The secondary aromas of Burgundy are second to none.  The flavors, complexity, texture, all combines to make the most sensual wine on earth.

It leads me to wonder why such a small group of wine consumers seek out and purchase Burgundy?  Why aren’t there more people clamoring?

Here are a few things you need to know:

– If you love wine, elegant wine, you must buy Red Burgundy.

– Not all Burgundy costs $200 a bottle.  There are great bottles from $25 and up, and plenty of age worthy wines in the $40-$60 range.

– You don’t need to age Burgundy for 10 years, many times it drinks well 4, 5, and 6 years into its evolution.

– The “score whores” have ruined it for everyone.  Yes I will use wine reviews from time to time.  It isn’t the reviews that do the wine a disservice, rather those that don’t understand that 88 points is a really darn good wine.  Don’t get caught up in the numbers.

– Good producers make good wine in almost every vintage.  Find a producer you like, and stick with them, it will make you happy in the long run.

– Yes all the names of the villages and vineyards can drive one insane.  Embrace it.  Buy a great wine book, and read about the villages and all the amazing differences between vineyards.

– No more Burgundy pretense!  Younger generation of America, Burgundy rocks!  You will be a much happier person if you start buying it now, a couple bottles of this and that.   Drink it when its time has come, with good friends, good food and a smile on your face.

Have a great weekend,

Craig & Sheb

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Domaine Chandon de Briailles

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Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chandon de Briailles is making some of the best wines in the villages of Savigny, Pernand-Vergelesses, the prestigious hill of Corton.  This wasn’t always the case, as Nadine de Nicolay and her children Claude and François have resurrected the once dilapidated estate. Over the course of 20 years they have transformed the vineyards from overcropped, weed-killer-bombed sites to organically, and sine 2005, biodynamically farmed vineyard sites.  The beautiful fruit they received from the vineyards is preserved, as the family is careful in their usage of oak barrels, never using new oak.  One other thing to note about Chandon de Briailles is their usage of whole clusters in the best vintages.  This lightens the color of the wine, but adds to the aromas, which is what makes Burgundy so great.  I’ve been buying these wines for my own cellar since the 1995 vintage, and can attest to the sheer pleasure they bring to the drinker.  Their Premier Cru’s from Savigny and Pernand represent excellent value.

 

2010 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune “Aux Fourneaux,” 1er Cru

 

Savigny may be all about finesse, but the heavier, clay soils in “Aux Forneaux,” give this a bit of tannic structure.  Drink from 2016-2020.

  

$43.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune “Les Lavières,” 1er Cru

From a limestone soil, this is very mineral, very red fruit oriented, really elegant.  Drink from 2016-2020.

$51.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses “Ile de Vergelesses,” 1er Cru

60% limestone soil and 40% clay soil.  Almost 60 year-old vines.  A wine to wait for, as this will display great aromatic intensity and finesse, drinking best from 2018-2022.

$54.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Chandon de Briailles Corton “Les Bressandes,” Grand Cru

An exceptional Grand Cru wine.  The most powerful style of the three Corton’s from this estate.  Don’t even breathe on this right now, because in a decade you will marvel at its earthy, wild berry aromatics.  Great length, and overall a great value for Grand Cru Burgundy.  2018-2025.

$106.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Chandon de Briailles Corton “Clos du Roi,” Grand Cru 

Clay-limestone marls from a very steep hillside vineyard clos to Corton-Charlemagne.  A late ripening vineyard with old-vines.  Magnificent intensity in 2010.  Drink from 2018-2025.

$148.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 

 

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Domaine Bruno Clavelier
Domaine Bruno Clavelier is located in Vosne-Romanée, and often gets overlooked due to his famous neighbors (DRC, Leroy & Méo-Camuzet, to name a few). His wines are a compelling combination of aromatic elegance and profound depth. Bruno himself is unusual for a Burgundian winemaker; extremely good looking and fit ( a former rugby player), he has been an unflappable advocate for organic farming and preserving bio-diversity in a region, frankly, dominated by one pursuit. He was a major contributor to a development in the use of pheromones as an alternative to chemical pesticides and this technique has been adopted all throughout Burgundy. Bruno’s wine are made for the long haul, even though they are generous and pleasurable, even in their infancies.

 

2010 Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée ‘La Combe Brûleé’

 

Stony, well-drained soils contribute to finesse coupled with power.

 

$94.99 – 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée “Les Beaux Monts” 

 

Situated on the border of Chambolle & Vosne, this is one of Bruno’s most powerful and structured wines.

 

$139.99 – 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2010 Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny “La Combe d’Orveau”

 

The original planting for the vines here in this well-situated plot right above Le Musigny, was 1930, with additional pantings in 1992. Fine, perfumed and deep.

 

$156.99 / 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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Domaine Humbert Fréres 
The brothers Humbert, in Gevrey-Chambertin, are creating wines that reflect an old-school, uncompromised style of Burgundian winemaking that has fallen by the wayside. Their location in the north, close to Brochon contains some of the oldest vines planted on roche mère (mother rock) and this is the place where Gevrey becomes dense and tannic. The brothers work in a reductive style, insuring long-lived wines that will reward patient buyers. Cousin Bernard Dugat-Py is right next door.
2010 Humbert Fréres Fixin 
 
This village just north of Gevrey, can be a real source of value in great vintages like 2010. This is some very serious red Burgundy for under $50.
$47.99 BTL. / 84 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 
 
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2010 Humber Fréres Gevrey Chambertin “Vieille Vignes” 
From old vines parcels underneath Estournelles & Etelois, adjacent to Grand Cru  Griottes.
$74.99 BTL. / 72 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 
 
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2010 Humbert Fréres Gevrey-Chambertin “Poissenot,” 1er Cru 
A fantastic south facing hillside vineyard on light stony soil. An extension of the Estournelles vineyard. Only around 4,000 bottles produced per year.
$105.99 BTL. / 35 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 
 
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2010 Humbert Fréres Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru
One of the most beautiful examples from this Grand Cru vineyard that borders Mazoyères. The Humbert vines are over 50 years-old on average. Only about 1,000 bottles are produced per year.
$159.99 BTL. / 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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