Grand Cru Burgundy Tasting

Cote d' Or, "Tete de Cuvee"                                

The most sought after expensive, rarest, top of the line, Grand Cru Burgundies. All very small production, some less than 50 cases. Several were never sold in this country. We have a red & white sampling of the best of the best. Plus Burgundian appetizers by Valerie. Several of these bottles now sell for over $600 at auction.     If you could purchase all of these today the cost would be approx. $3,500.

The Grand Cru appellations account for only 2% of Burgundy's production.

Tasting will be limited to fourteen guests. Date, Sat., May 8th., at 2pm. The cost for this once in a lifetime tasting will be $100 per guest. To guarantee your reseravation the fee must be paid in advance. I know this sounds expensive but if bought these wines today, the cost would be $250 to $300 per person. Location: My House.

#1, (Chardonnay) 2003 Corton Charlemagne, Laboure Roi (WA-93, WS-91) Only 75 cases made.

All the rest are (Pinot Noir.) Served oldest to youngest.

#2, 1990 Corton, Edouard Delaunay (Very small production. Not sold in this country.) Parker rated the 1990 vintage (98)

#3, 1993 Bonnes Mares, Louis Latour. Still Available at $130

#4, 1996 Corton, Domaine Latour. Only 117 cases produced.

#5, 1998 Corton, Les Marechaudes, Prince Florent De Merode. 500 cases produced.   Yes a real prince.

#6, 2002 Charmes Chambertin, Patriarche. Not sold in this country. Very small production. ( Both the Charmes & Latricieres Chambertin, purchased in Beaune)

#7, 2002 Chambertin, Cuvee Heritiers, Louis Latour, WS-94, 280 cases produced.

#8, 2002 Mazis Chambertin, Hospices de Beaune, Michel Picard, Cuvee Collignon Madeline. Not for sale in this country. At auction in Europe. Starting bid at Sotheby's for this wine is 250 euros ($345).

#9, 2003 Latricieres Chambertin, Patriarche. Not sold in this country. Very small production. Patriarche Pere & Fils making wine in Burgundy since 1780

#10, 2003 Bonnes Mares, Joseph Drouhin. 100 cases produced.   Joseph Drouhin, in Burgundy since 1880.   (Tech. Sheet)

#11, 2003 Clos De Vougeot, Laboure-Roi. WS-93, 50 cases produced.   Laboure-Roi, in Burgundy since 1832.




In addition a 2001 "Bagged" Chalone, Pinot Noir was tasted. A sound wine but it was outclassed. The 1990 Corton was drinking very well right now. Much better than the acidic 1998. All of the 2002 "Chambertins" needed much more time. The 2003's were drinking well now, with the exception of the Clo De Vougeot, which needs another 5 to 10 years. Following in a Burgundian tradition, Val served up Burgundian Escargot, Bouef Bourguignon, a variety of cheeses from Burgundy. We finished with in Burgundian tradition with Kir. Using a additional 12 bottles of Chardonnay and two bottles of Creme de Cassis.

Attendees: Bill & Val Clark, David & Allison Rodgers, Pat & Clay Stahl, Dick Demchak, Nancy Russell, Doug Breuninger, Ed Bohrer, Dennis Ferry, Chris Scheid, Kathy Brewster, Laura Molloy, Jon Levy, Harry Kissig.