It’s time to start stepping into the greatness that is Burgundy. We’ve explored our favorite Beaujolais over the last couple weeks (and I’m so glad!) but now that the weather is turning and the need for comfort closes, it’s time to move upon the greatest of all wine regions.
There is much to be said (that I need not say) of Burgundy. Whether one wants to focus on its legacy, or its recent primacy, neither can encapsulate the depth of place one gets when a bottle is opened. There are varied opinions and sensibilities regarding which of the greatest are the greatest; the fact that this argument is even feasible is testament to the true brilliance of the wines of this region.
I’m planning on opening plenty of big-bottle Burgundy this month (and onwards). That’s another beautiful dimension of our program here at Bar Boulud: the way that multiple liters of wine open up, with oxygen, when bottled together in large-format is possibly astounding — often there are aromatic and flavor experiences unheard of in normative 750ml format.
To start our exploration off, we have one of my favorite monopoles: Domaine de l’Arlot’s 2008 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forets Saint Georges’ – a true example of the brilliant sense one gains from working a plot year by year. All of the complexity we come to expect from great wine is here in spades: it showcases the vintage as well as the pure elegance achieved year-by-year. At some point, beauty needs not be described.
To go further, I’ll open a recently-acquired Balthazar (12L bottle for those following at home) of Remoissenet’s Beaune 1er Cru ‘Marconnets’ for the weekend. This is still youthful but so approachable; more importantly, it is coming out of a massive bottle. The livelihood of this wine is going to be on display, and those of you who come a day or two after its opening will experience a truly rare treat: the evolution of a great wine that has a format fitting its brilliance.
After all, we become so accustomed to the normal-sized wine bottle that we forget the possibilities of large format. Here at Bar Boulud, we are lucky enough to provide you with a chance to taste what that difference is. Hope to see you very soon!
MONDAY (11/4), TUESDAY (11/5) & WEDNESDAY (11/6)
Domaine de L’Arlot,
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forets Saint Georges’ 2008
THURSDAY (11/7), FRIDAY (11/8), SATURDAY (11/9) & SUNDAY (11/10)
Beaune 1er Cru ‘Marconnets’ 2014
Poured from a 12-Liter Balthazar