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A Few of Our Favorite Wine Growers

This week at Bar Boulud, we open some large bottles from a few of our favorite growers. Namely, Claire Naudin, Franck Balthazar, Claude de Nicolay of Chandon de Briailles, Alice et Oliver De Moor and Mickaël Bourg.

Monday evening, we will open our final magnum of Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Île de Vergelesses’ 2010 from Chandon de Briailles. The vintage shows Claude de Nicolay’s style in a truly great light. Their use of stems and whole bunches do not show the greenness of a cooler vintage, but never tips the scale to overripeness either, striking a tense balance. The vineyard’s proximity to Corton should not cloud our view of this vineyard in its own right, with the gun-flint minerality showing through on the nose.

Tuesday and Wednesday, we will open up two beauties from Alice and Olivier De Moor, one magnum each of their Chablis ‘L’Humeur du Temps’ and their Bourgogne Aligoté, both from the 2017 vintage.

On Thursday and Friday, we will open two vintages of Cornas ‘Chaillot’ from Franck Balthazar, with a magnum of 2012 on Thursday and a 3-Liter Jeroboam of 2016 on Friday. The word is definitely out that 2016 is a fantastic vintage for red wine in the Northern Rhône, especially for people who like these more farmerly wines from traditional growers. 2012, a ripe year that shows real length on the fruit, is a beauty for Balthazar. The sommelier team will open this the evening before to give the wine just the right amount of air, and it should hit its stride by dinnertime on Thursday.

Saturday and Sunday, we will open two great wines imported by Jean-Luc Lametrie of Mc2. Saturday we will open a Jeroboam of Claire Naudin’s ‘Orchis Mascula’ 2013, a beautiful red burgundy from the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune. Claire is an exceptional farmer and makes wine in a bright, fresh and clean style, often with some whole bunch inclusion, which will be a nice lesson beside both Balthazar and Chandon de Briailles. Sunday, we will close down the week with another great Cornas, this time from Mickaël Bourg, from the 2014 vintage.

Please join us this week at Bar Boulud for some beautiful French wine!

Chandon de Briailles,
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Île de Vergelesses’ 2010

Alice et Olivier De Moor,
Chablis ‘L’Humeur du Temps’ 2017

Alice et Olivier De Moor,
Bourgogne Aligoté 2017

Franck Balthazar,
Cornas ‘Chaillot’ 2012

Franck Balthazar,
Cornas ‘Chaillot’ 2016
Poured from a 3-Liter Jeroboam

Claire Naudin,
Hautes-Côtes de Beaune ‘Orchis Mascula’ 2013
Poured from a 3-Liter Jeroboam

Mickaël Bourg,
Cornas 2014