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Exploration Burgundy’s Tiers of the Northern Côte de Beaune
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Exploration Burgundy’s Tiers of the Northern Côte de Beaune

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The wines of Burgundy are like a pyramid with regional wines at the base, then village wines, premier cru wines, and the grand cru wines on top. The quantities produced mirror this which is part of the reason Grand Cru wines can be so expensive. The question is often asked can one taste the qualitative differences of the wines? Well, that depends on if you care to. If that question is asked as a challenge by someone who isn't that into the whole wine thing, then no, of course not. However, if wine is a passion, hobby, or just something you dig, we think you really can. It’s not just in the flavors, but the increasing amounts of them, the complexity of them, and the length that they last on your palate that proves the point, more than verbal explanations. So, we give 3 wines from the same producer and the same vintage, but each at a different tier of the pyramid.

Chorey-les-Beaune, Domaine François Gay, 2019 - As previously mentioned, one of the quitter villages of the Côte de Or, but not in the glass. This is a joyful wine that burst with lively red fruit, subtle spice, and freshness.

Savigny-les-Beaune, 1er Cru Les Serpentières, Domaine François Gay, 2019 Serpentières is has limestone rich soils facing south. The latter is great for ripening, and the former for retaining acidity. The story goes that the vineyard is named for snakes that used to be spotted there, that but more likely named for underground springs that snake below the vineyard. The vineyard expresses the florality and pretty dark berry fruit the village is known for, but with a more intense minerality, structure and length.

Corton-Renardes, Grand Cru, Domaine François Gay, 2019 - Corton-Renardes gently slopes SSE-wards on reddish clay and limestone soils. Named either for a fox (renard in French), or for a prior owner (Renard is a common last name as well). A sturdy wine with deep red and black berry notes, tobacco, anise and earthy notes. Long and giving. Unmistakably, a wine of more presence.