Please join us at Bar Boulud this week for a few of our favorites poured all from magnum.
We begin the week with a couple of intriguing red wines, starting Monday with Hervé Souhaut’s magnificent Sainte Epine – spicy, floral Syrah with a layered undercurrent of minerality. This cuvée is composed of 100-year-old vines from the steep, legendary vineyard. From its slopes, one can see the famous hill of Hermitage.
On Tuesday, we will head to the Loire Valley for some Cabernet Franc with age from Couly-Dutheil, a family house started in 1921 and still run by the fourth generation. It’s a classic Cab Franc, seeking a balance between herbaceous savor and bright red fruit, with just a touch of marked salinity from the semi-oceanic climate.
As mid-week approaches, we will explore Champagne and back-to-back Vintage Blanc des Blancs, starting on Wednesday with Ployez-Jacquemart’s 2008 offering. Though 2008 began damp and challenging, a dry August transitioned into a warm September, rewarding stalwart producers with a classic vintage—powerfully bodied wines whose ripeness is reined in by vivacious acidity. To follow that up, we have Suenen’s 2015 bottling of plots from the Grand Cru commune of Oiry. Aurelien Suenen converted to organic farming in 2009, as evidenced by the healthy fruit of his wines. Yet, the majority of Oiry bottling is from north-facing vines, leading to a markedly lightning-like precision. He is also the only producer currently doing a single bottling from Oiry, special stuff here.
Segueing out of this, we’ll check in on two other Grand Cru vineyards—Alsace’s ‘Kessler’ (2013 from Dirler-Cadé) and Chablis’ ‘Blanchot’ (2016 from Christian Moreau). As 2016 was a particularly difficult year, Moreau made only one barrel and bottled it exclusively in magnums, and we are excited to share its youthful energy with you. There’s nothing better than Grand Cru Chablis on the first day of June! To round out the weekend, we’ll enjoy Sylvain Bzikot’s 2015 Bourgogne Blanc, ending the week with some truly quaffable Chardonnay. Santé!
Syrah ‘Sainte Epine’ 2016
Chinon ‘La Baronnie Madeleine’ 1995
Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2008
Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru ‘Oiry’ 2015
Alsace Riesling Grand Cru ‘Kessler’ 2013
Chablis Grand Cru ‘Blanchot’ 2016
Bourgogne Blanc 2015