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Menu with Bespoke 6 Course Wine Pairing
Oyster, Broccoli Flower, Ortie.
2013 Cuvee Florine (en Magnum, Chardonnay)
Smoked Foie Gras, French Eel, Roasted Buckwheat, Sorrel Sorbet.
2013 Charmois du Paradis (en Magnum, Chardonnay)
Braised Octopus, Grilled Onion Salad, Roasted Hazelnut, Basil.
2013 Les Chalasses Marnes Bleues (en Magnum, Savagnin)
Pan Seared Salmon, Red Cabbage, Sage & Strawberry.
2013 Cuvee de l’Enfant Terrible (en Magnum, Poulsard)
Milk Veal, braised Celeriac with Achillee , with Raw Celery, Pickled Celery,
Veal Jus, Roasted Almond, Achillee Syrup.
2013 Julien en Billat (en Magnum, Pinot Noir)
2006 Cuvee de Garde (Chardonnay+Savagnin, oxidative)
Savigny-les-Beaune. One of the most underrated village which makes tremendously charming Reds in the Cote de Beaune but always overshadowed by Volnay and Pommard. There are a total of 22 Premier Crus in this village, and one of the very best is undoubtedly Les Narbantons. Aside from Domaine Leroy, the next challenger to the throne of Les Narbantons is undoubtedly Mongeard-Mugneret.
“Whereas previously I felt that the general quality ought to be higher, more commensurate with their holdings, I found greater precision and terroir expression than in the past. I recommend reacquainting yourself with Mongeard-Mugneret just like I did this year.”
– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.
Les Narbantons from Mongeard-Mugneret is certainly overlooked in their portfolio, especially when they produce a star-studded range of Vosne-Romanee Grand Crus. But the one which I find myself drinking the most is always this cuvee. Priced much lower than many villages wines, this proved to provide an amazing Quality/Price Ratio (QPR). The wine is always redolent of red cherries, summer flowers and soft, silky tannins. Wines you won’t hesitate to pop at a moment’s notice and perfect when heavier wines prove too much for recent hot weather.
“… the Mongeard family put together a very fine, representative range of 2014s and it was quite easy to see that this will be a very successful vintage for Vincent Mongeard and his team.”
– John Gilman, View from the Cellar.
2014 is a year where Vincent Mongeard really hit the home run. Tasting through the range, we can safely confirm this fact. Wines are in stock already and there are some halves as well for those who want instant gratification. For me I would wait 1-2 years before trying them but I guess 1-2 hours in the decanter will help too.
2014 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Les Narbantons
The 2014 Narbantons from Vincent Mongeard was raised in one third new oak and was showing very well at the time of my visit. The very fine bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of red and black cherries, gamebirds, coffee, woodsmoke, iron-like soil tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely sappy at the core, with fine soil inflection, suave tannins and impressive length and grip on the very promising finish. The inherent elegance of the vintage are very much in evidence in this excellent young example of Narbantons. JG92.
With the growing interest in the delightful wines of Beaujolais, WEA are pleased to conduct a specialized Masterclass featuring some top names in the region. As many have the misconception that Beaujolais can’t age and evolve, we have specially curated some prized bottles from the GREAT 2010 vintage to share with you. Aside from 3 different magnums, we will also surprise you with another even older vintage. This is a once in a lifetime chance to taste these wines which are very very hard to find in the market now. Our resident Mr. Wine will explain and host this masterclass.
This is a sit-down tasting, limited to 18 pax and comes with FOUR different artisanal cheese from who else, The Cheese Artisans
We will taste aged 2010 Bojos from:
- JEAN FOILLARD Morgon Cote du Py (magnum)
- Chateau des Jacques Morgon Cote du Py (magnum)
- Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette (magnum)
- A blind even more AGED Beaujolais.
Price: $75 nett per pax (payable upon invoice)
Date: 3 June 2017 (Saturday)
Location: The Cheese Artisans, 18 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, S289212.
The biennial Grands Jours de Bourgogne trade fair came and went. WEA spent a week in Burgundy last month catching up with the Domaines we work with and sussing out hidden gems in the haystack. Trust me, with up to 100 wineries and easily 1000 wines available for tasting per day, its no mean feat separating the wheat from the chaff. However, there’s no mistaking greatness and we’ve found it in the form of David Duband.
*Three Star Domaine in the 2016 La Revue des Vins de France, the authoritative wine guide in France.*
So who is David Duband? The humble vigneron started out in 1991 with 1.5 ha of vines from his father who worked at the local cooperative. His talent and hard work over the years caught the eye of Parisian lawyer cum investor, Francois Feuillet who entrusted him to makewines from some vineyards that he bought in 2006. Those were not some ordinary vineyards though. They were vines previously farmed by the legendary Jacky Truchot from Domaine Truchot-Martin before he retired in 2006. Subsequently in 2009, Feuillet further acquired part of Domaine Louis Remy when that was up for sale. Two key vineyards came into the portfolio in this purchase – Latricieres-Chambertin and Le Chambertin. Today Duband manages 17 ha of vineyards, a far cry from his early days. The partnership between Duband and Feuillet is one of trust and respect. Feuillet owns the vines, Duband makes the wines. The bottlings are split equally, so you might see bottles bearing the Duband or Feuillet labels around. Both are exactly the same wine.
“Some years ago, Duband switched to a more elegant style, and since then they have been wines that I consider worth the effort to seek out.”
The Domaine, which is certified organic, makes a pretty incredible range of wines from some of the most desirable vineyards in the Cote de Nuits. The core of the portfolio comes from the ex-Domaine Truchot-Martin which covers Morey St Denis and parts of Gevrey-Chambertin. The vineyard which is closest to Duband‘s heart though is the Nuits St Georges 1er Aux Thorey, the first vineyard he started out with. Duband started experimenting with whole clusters in 2008 and I believe that was the turning point for the Domaine. In the past thewines were merely good, but now they are GREAT!
“David Duband‘s wines have very fine terroir expression, are highly perfumed, generally medium bodied and have a vivid clarity and elegance.”
– Greg Love, independent wine geek in “Burgundy Geeks” Facebook group.
We agree completely with Greg Love and we are very lucky that they still have a small allocation available! Needless to say, we are now the proud importer for their wines here. The wines have an alluring clarity and elegance which are hallmarks of great Burgundies. The style is understated, quiet and refined. They remind me a lot of Cecile Tremblay. I have tried the wines years ago but they were frankly not outstanding. Something has changed here andI’m not complaining. David Duband is not a household name in the collector’s circle yet and I wish it will stay that way so more of us can discover and enjoy these fine wines. Truly these are wines which will bowl you over, knock you off your feet and blow you away.