I have been in Burgundy now for about a week, and I am struck by expansiveness of this region. If you had asked me where Burgundy starts and where it ends, I probably would have given you a general answer about Beaujolais and Chablis that would have included a slight tilt of my head, furrowing of my brow, and a long pause, after which I would have said, "that is a good question, actually." Well, now that I have driven from the Northern Rhone thru Macon, Beaujolais, Fuisse, Beaune, Monthelie, Rully, Chitry, and into Chablis, I have a much better sense of how expansive this seemingly small region is, as well as how varied the experience of the wines can be (and I did not even get to the Cote de Nuits!).
I think these photos will give you a sense of what I am talking about.
The vines in the Maconnais at Romauld Petit, Saint Verand.
The wines of Burgundy are famous for a reason, but the wineries that we have visited are truly remarkable. Ed and Barbara have taken their time to build a portfolio of wines that are precise in their representation of the regional terroir and traditional vinification. Their are variations of style, of course, but those variations are produced by nature rather than by intervention on the part of the wine maker. To get a better sense of these differences, stop by the shop Saturday. Babs will taste you on a few of the wineries that I am visiting this week. If you love one, take a bottle to a friend and support these wine makers--they are working so hard and need our help & ours is the easiest job to do;)
Saturday's Tasting is 4-7pm at Newport Wine Cellar