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Michael Feuerstein’s in town. Zooming around in his white Mini Cooper and Rambo-red crocs. This time he showed up with — guess what? — Burgundy, the only wine he believes has the mid-palate essential to well-made wine.

He brought two wines from a new-to-me producer, Devevey. We tasted the 2005 Borgogne blanc and the 2006 Volnay. Both are made from purchased grapes. Devevey also has its own vineyards.

The blanc is a good value, and should retail for around $25. It has a fresh meaty nose of red apple, and I wrote it was crisp meaty and minerally on the palate.

The Volnay is a $50 bottle of wine and I found faint culinary herbs behind a red cherry nose. with fine grippy tannins and a long finish.

Also in the group was the Sylvain Pataille 2005 Passetoutgrain. Which should retail for about $20. Continue reading


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The Family de Montille

Etienne de Montille was in the restaurant on Monday showing his latest releases with Bill Butzgy and David Kunicki of Martin Scott Wines. Etienne owns and/or runs three properties in Burgundy with his sister Alix. Domaine de Montille in Volnay is the family estate, with holdings of just about 10 hectares in and around Volnay, including premier cru sites in Puligny-Montrachet, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune. A plot in the grand cru of Corton was recently added. The Domaine has been farming organically since 1995 and is considering biodynamics. The brother and sister team steer clear of new oak, using only 20 to 30 percent in their wines, which are often bottled without fining or filtration. Continue reading

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