Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trip to Europe (Bourgogne-France-Fall 2011)...Lunch at Olivier Leflaive

(Day 2)
After the tasting with Benjamin Leroux, we were invited to have another tasting session with Nicolas Rossignol of Domaine Rossignol.

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He shares the same wine making facility with Benjamin, and makes a wide range of wines from Cote de Beaune. Here's what we tasted.

(2010 vintage)
Bourgogne Rouge
Volnay Village
Volnay 1er Cru "Santenos"
Pommard 1er Cru "Fremieres" (right next to Volnay "Fremiert")

(2009 vintage)
Volnay Village
Volnay 1er Cru "Chevret"
Volnay 1er Cru (Santenos"
Pernand-Vergelees 1er Cru "Fichots"

Nicolas' wines are so distinctively different from Benjamin's and they tasted almost opposite in style.

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For lunch, we drove to La Table d'Olivier Leflaive (Place du Monument - BP40, 21190 Puligny-Montrachet) for a light tasting course. I came here last year and had a nice lunch. It was good to see the same sommelier working here (he remembered me!), and also Olivier again!

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(Lunch course)
Persille de Thon au Chardonnay et Saumon Fume (Terrine of Tuna and Parsley with Chardonnay and Smoked Salmon)
Poulet farci a la Tapenade et sa Sauce Coco Flan de Legumes (Chicken stuffed with Tapenade and Coconut Sauce, served with Vegetable Flan)
Plateau de Fromages
Mousse au Chocolat Maison

Wines we tasted...
2009 Bourgogne Setilles
2008 Roully
2009 Saint-Romain Sous le Chateau
2008 Puligny-Montrachet
2007 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Abbaye de Morgeot
2008 Pommard

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After lunch, we visited Grand Cru vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. The rain was up and I could feel the air of vineyards with my entire body. Great.