Giving Burgundy another try

1 March 2012, 100 Jane Street, Manhattan

2012 was supposed to be the year where I learned more about French wines. After going to a few white and red Burgundy tastings from some of the best producers in the region, I was disappointed. I was just about to forget the whole endeavor, go back to Italian wines and enjoy my California Pinots and Chardonnays when I came across a great bottle, the 2005 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne:

2005 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

The nose was red fruit with pepper and spice. I was surprised by the noticeable tannins on the palate but they were well integrated with the acid and earthiness of the wine. Shockingly, the wine had enough acidity and flavor to stand up to the tortilla soup we happened to be eating that night (not the most typical pairing, I know).

Very enjoyable and making me reconsider abandoning Burgundy this year. The fact that the bottle had a few more years of age helped as I could see how this would be too rough and tannic a few years ago.

*** 2005 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne, $70