Road Trip – Burgundy style…

As we continue to celebrate our new partnership with wine travel specialists Winerist, we look back at our presenters visiting just a few of the many wonderful places Winerist offers tours to.

This week, we give you another chance to check out Matthew Goode and James Purefoy’s eye-opening trip to Burgundy in search of the perfect wine to pair with Stephane Reynaud’s Coq au Vin.

Road Trip – Burgundy Style…

THE WINE SHOW CASE – Challenge Four

Melanie Jappy

When Chef Stephane Reynaud decided to serve Coq au Vin there really was only one region for Matthew and James to look for a wine: Burgundy, and more specifically, the Cote d’Or. This small escarpment south of Dijon is home to villages, the names of which – Mersault, Montrachet, Volnay and many more – adorn the labels of some of the world’s most coveted wines.

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Arguably the most influential and important of these villages is Vougeot. Sitting outside the village is the imposing Clos de Vougeot, founded in the 12th Century as a Cistercian Abbey. After the French revolution it was bought by a local vineyard owner. Over the years it has been subdivided and split between a number of heirs. The vines are now owned by 80 different people, who all make their own wine under the Clos Vougeot appellation. It is now home to the Confrerie de Chevaliers du Tastevin. It’s here that Matthew and James receive their primer in Burgundian wine from Chevalier, Vincent Barbier.

Matthew and James certainly have to pay attention and after a tasting of three of the Clos de Vougeot’s wines – one from each of the demarcations unique to Burgundy: Village (the lowest), Premier Cru (first growth) and Grand Cru (‘Greatest’ growth) – two wines are chosen to take back to Jancis.

Chorey-Les-Beaune – Winner
Jancis Robinson’s Verdict

“I’ve had a few Chorey de Beaune wines over the years that are too rustic. I think the Clos Vougeot Tastevirnage committee have chosen a jolly good example.

The Grand Cru is going to be a great wine and the 2010 Village is already very charming. So my vote goes to James’ Chorey”

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