Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with Winemaker Amaury Devillard and the team behind Wines of Bourgogne (aka Wines of Burgundy as us Americans call it). The team was in town and I met them to taste through various wines of Burgundy. As a California girl I’ve become very familiar with California wines the past four years of California life and my 2016 Wine Goal was to focus on French wines so this was a dream tasting for me.
A bit more about Amaury Devillard – Amaury, a native Burgundian comes from a family that – on his mother’s side – has owned vineyards in Mercurey since the 12th Century. After his studies at business school in Paris, followed by a specialized Master in Wine at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, Amaury spent six months making wine in South Africa followed by three years in Barcelona. Amaury then returned to France to take a new step in his career: working for the Tonnellerie Radoux (Cooperage) from 1998 to 2001. He later moved to New York, where he lived from 2001 to 2004, representing the Bourgogne Négociant Antonin Rodet in the US and South America. In 2005, Amaury returned permanently to Bourgogne, where he founded, along with his sister Aurore, the Société Amaury et Aurore Devillard, taking over the distribution of the family’s Domaines: Château de Chamirey, Domaine de la Ferté and Domaine des Perdrix. Today, the Company also handles the distribution of Domaine du Cellier aux Moines and Domaine de la Garenne. In all, 70 hectares (173 acres) of vines and 450,000 bottles, sold in France and in 50 countries around the globe.
The Bourgogne region is an incredible grape growing region of France. With perfect weather for growing grapes, rich soils, renowned varietals and its remarkable climates, they produce 100 appellations that are recognized around the world. See more of the incredible wines we tasted below.
The lineup of wines we tasted. What a treat getting a guided tasting from the Burgundy Team
This was a lovely white wine with a creamy taste and also a pure fresh classic expression of the 2014 vintage I was explained by Amaury and the team.
This was a red that we tasted that I found very interesting on the front end with a lovely Pinot Noir tasting smooth finish.
This was one of my favorite’s and coincidentally came from Amaury ‘s Winery. Amaury shared that these grapes were all hand picked from a sustainable organic vineyard. This had a lovely floral noise with medium body, lovely fruity juicy flavors and low to medium tannins.
The Saint Romain vineyard is very high in altitude facing east resulting in a wine with a richer taste, medium creaminess and and a light crispy acidic finish. I learned that this is a wine encouraged to be decanted while youthful.
The Rully was another one of my favorite’s as it was very similar to a Chardonnay us Californians would find here in California. It had a lovely crisp citrus smell with light body and subtle creaminess. The limestone soil was evident on the noise and taste. I loved the vibrant acidity evident. I also learned in 2013 many wines were “flabby” however, this delicious Rully was not.
A special thanks to the Wines of Bourgogne Team for inviting me for this intimate tasting and to The Battery Wine team for letting us use your space for tasting.