What a night. Election coverage on all forms of media over the past 12 hours has been non-stop, often mind-numbing and repetitious, and yet we are drawn in to see the results of battles over everything from leadership, freedom of speech, taxation and the right to hunt, fish and trap. And through it all, with everything that was said, there is one statement that really stood out for me. In reference to the cool, calm demeanor of Diane Sawyer anchoring ABC’s election news coverage for the first time, the night was finally put into the proper context when the rock group They Might Be Giants tweeted:
“and Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is … Chardonnay!”
Whew, that was close. But now that we have a winner, let’s embrace it and at the same time show some international diplomacy, especially when the European Community is reeling this morning with poor financial news. We’re here to help them out by featuring one of the most significant new arrivals of Chardonnay to hit our shelves in months. Read on for details of the great wines from Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet featured below and let us know if you’d like to cast a vote for a bottle or two to enjoy with the political constituents you gather with in your household.
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Meursault is a small village in the Burgundy region of France that has made its reputation on rich, full-bodied whites made from the indigenous Chardonnay grape. Barrel fermenting and aging is the norm and the broader mouthful of texture and flavor you get from secondary malo-lactic fermentation is also very common with these wines. As a result, the style is one of the bigger examples of Chardonnay coming out of Burgundy.
Antoine Jobard is a young winemaker who has taken over from his father, Francois, and has already garnered a lot of attention. We can thank Kermit Lynch for sharing these wines with us here in the U.S.
I had the pleasure of visiting with Antoine at his cellar back in June and a few things struck me right away. First, how incredibly clean the cellar is – in fact you could probably eat off the floor in this place, it is just spotless, as seen in this photo. Second, despite his youthful appearance, Antoine has over a decade of vintages under his belt and has a firm vision on what he wants for his wines. And finally, I was able to preview the 2010 vintage of wines before they arrived and chose my 4 favorite bottlings for the shelf. The 2010 vintage ended up being a real winemaker’s vintage for quality, but the quantities were extremely low due to weather issues during the early portion of the growing season. As a result, Jobard produced almost 1/3 less wine than in a typical year, which for him is almost 1000 cases less than normal. Given that, all of the following are in very small supply, but for fans of classic white Burgundy from a cooler vintage that retains its acidity beautifully, I cannot recommend them highly enough:
2010 ANTOINE JOBARD Bourgogne Blanc (Reg. $39)
cork club $33/bottle . nonclub $36/bottle
The entry-level bottling from Jobard is this classic Bourgogne Blanc, made from grapes grown just outside the Meursault village walls, but using the same winemaking techniques and biodynamic farming principals that he applies to his village and premier cru vineyards. The balance in this wine is fantastic, showing melon and apple fruit tones but a bright finish. It drinks well now but will age and develop more nuance with 5-7 years in the cellar. Limit 3 bottles per customer.
2010 JOBARD Meursault En La Barre(Reg. $73.50)cork club $62.50/bottle . nonclub $70/bottle
Antoine chooses to make two village-level wines, with the En La Barre being his special cuvee selection of his favorite site. All Meursault village fruit, the wine sees 18 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle before release. Bottled last March, it has just arrived and surely needs 2-3 years more in bottle to integrate completely. But for classic Meursault it competes well with everything else available these days. If you feel the urge to drink it sooner than later, I highly recommend some crab or lobster accompanies the bottle at your table! Limit 3 bottles per customer.
2010 JOBARD Puligny-Montrachet Le Trezin (Reg. $73.50)
cork club $62.50/bottle . nonclub $70/bottle
While the winery and most of his vineyard holdings sit in the village of Meursault, Antoine also owns a small tract of land in the neighboring village of Puligny-Montrachet, where wines are usually leaner and more mineral driven than Meursault. Yet here, contrary to how his Meursaults from 2010 are showing, this Puligny is quite fat on the body while still showcasing intense amounts of mineral. This wine was a real standout when I tasted all of the 2010 releases at the winery and we are thrilled to have a tiny amount to share. Limit 3 bottles per customer.
With a number of 1er Cru holdings in Meursault, Antoine crafts each identically and allows the terroir to speak for themselves. For some reason, I am drawn to the Blagny Premier Cru bottling, having first discovered his wines with a bottle of the 2006 Blagny a few years ago. The small crop in 2010 yielded just 120 cases of Blagny, so there is precious little to go around. But for those who appreciate the top end of white Burgundy, this bottling is still a serious discount over the neighboring Montrachet vineyards which share its characteristics of mineral, granite, citrus and rich character. Limit 3 bottles per customer.
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