B & B: Baguettes + Bourgogne
Long awaited baguettes return to Craft and Cru tomorrow. As before, we'll have Steel & Rye's superb baguettes in the house every Wednesday through Sunday. We are psyched! It's soup weather and what's soup without a crusty piece of bread? Can't wait!
Two bottles recently arrived, both red Burgundy, but so very different from each other. Neither are for long term cellaring, but both are well worth checking out soon.
Philippe Jouan Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 'Cuvee Thomas' 2018 - $33
From a single parcel of old vines too low on the slope to be part of the Morey-St. Denis appellation, but just outside of it. If there is a Morey-St. Denis character, I think this has it, as it is quite earthy and animal, with leather and soil nuance to accent its tart dark fruit. Wild and a bit rustic; call it funky, call it old school, it's so very Bourgogne and I quite like it. Very limited, only a few cases of this came to Massachusetts.
Roche de Bellene Pinot Noir 'Cuvee Reserve' 2019 - $20
From many vineyards across the Cote d'Or, this is easy going and juicy, and impossible to beat when it comes to red Burgundy at this price point. In fact, you should probably be entirely skeptical when it comes to $20 red Burgundy; there just isn't much worth drinking. Have no fear here, this wine is made by the courageous Nicolas Potel, a man who has been forced to re-invent himself as a winemaker in Burgundy on more than one occasion. First, when his father Gerard Potel, a legend in Burgundy, passed away too young and his family had to sell the grand Pousse d'Or estate. Nicolas then started an eponymous label and gained wide admiration for his wines before investors pushed him out and took control of his name. After losing the right to use his name, Nicolas founded Domaine de Bellene and Roche de Bellene. The entry-level Roche de Bellene Pinot Noir is always worthwhile, but in the 2019 vintage it is even more compelling than usual.
Buy one of each and we'll knock 10% off your order. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or ask a question... ask about Burgundy early and often, that's the only way you have a chance of finding the really good stuff...