1/18 PETIT WEEK IN WINE - Region vs. Village White & Red Burgs

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1/18 PETIT WEEK IN WINE - Region vs. Village White & Red Burgs

PETIT WEEK IN WINE | January 19 - January 22 2023

Who is ready for a taste-off between Region & Village-level White & Red Burgundy?

Elevating this week's tasting flight, we are featuring all 2020 Vintage Burgundy from Xavier Monnot, a leading Meursault winemaker that is known for a style that emphasizes purity of fruit, elegance, and complexity. And let's face it, have you ever had something less than stellar from Meursault?

So here is your chance to learn if you can discern the premiums associated with Villages-level or the more value-oriented regional or, Bourgogne-level.

My belief is that one's favorite producer for Bourgogne-level is on point for weeknights, while you might reach for the Villages labels as you dip into your weekend wine glass.

The tasting flight starts tomorrow at both locations and I think you will surprised with the Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rouge... both really tough to beat, when you consider the quality for the money when it comes to Burgundy.

The Villages wines will show the attractiveness of the town of Monthelie and finish with a true monopole vineyard bottling, Clos de la Fussière. The lineup really will be a whole lot of fun on the palate. And just know, Burgundy is THE hottest category in the world of wine - so if you haven't gotten on the bandwagon, don't be the last to get on board. It's very simple, we're only talking french Chard and Pinot here...

Read on for this week's fabulous line-up, along with a quick primer on Xavier Monnot, plus, back by popular demand, some easy food pairings to consider for you foodies out there.

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See you soon in the tasting room and drink more white AND red Burg!



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Domaine Xavier Monnot


Xavier Monnot is a leading producer in Meursault whose winemaking style emphasizes purity of fruit, elegance, and complexity. Xavier can trace his mother’s ancestors, the Monniers, back to 1723, with six generations of winegrowing. Xavier took over in 1994 after completing his oenological studies and began replanting parcels with a combination of selection massale from old vines and new clones, and updated the cellar with modern equipment. Prior to the release of the 2005 vintage, the property was known as Domaine René Monnier (Xavier's grandfather). In 2005, along with improvements in the vineyard and cellar, Xavier began bottling his wines under his own label.

Prime Location of Vineyards

Domaine Xavier Monnot is a 42 acre estate in Meursault with vineyards stretching from Beaune to Maranges in Burgundy's Côte de Beaune. Sixty percent of the Domaine's production is white with holdings in Monthelie, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet. The remaining 40% of Xavier's production is in red with climats spread across four villages: Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, and Maranges. Xavier believes in maintaining an average vine age of 30 to 40 years and practices lutte raisonnée (“reasoned struggle”).

Winemaking Philosophy

After hand-harvesting, Chardonnay is lightly crushed by foot before pressing. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrels using indigenous yeasts. During barrel aging, the wines undergo full malolactic fermentation and bâtonnage occurs at the end of the alcoholic fermentation. Pinot Noir is usually destemmed, except in warmer years when up to 20% of stems may be included, and native yeasts are used for primary fermentation in stainless-steel tanks. After four to five days of cold maceration, Xavier uses a combination of pump-over and punch-down for extraction. After pressing, the wines are transferred to barrels for malolactic fermentation for 12 to 14 months. Regional-level wines receive 15-20% percent new oak, village-level wines receive 25% new, and premier crus 30-35% percent. 

Join us this week as we feature whites & reds from Burgundy to better experience Village vs. Regional traits.

Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Blanc 2020 - $40 btl/retail

(Regional) Burgundy, FR

Xavier Monnot Monthelie 'Les Duresses' 2020 - $62 btl/retail

(Village) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR

Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Rouge 2020 - $45 btl/retail

(Regional) Burgundy, FR

Xavier Monnot Maranges 1er Cru 'Clos de la Fussière' 2020 - $62 btl/retail

(Village) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR

Full Tasting Flight of 4 Wines - $27 (2.5oz pours)


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Xavier Monnot

Bourgogne Blanc 2020

(Regional) Burgundy, FR

$40 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay. Les Grandes Coutures is from three plots bordering Meursault with vine ages from 15 to 51 years. Soils are predominantly argile (clay-based), bringing weight and texture to this Bourgogne Blanc. The wine was aged from 12 to 14 months in 15-20% percent new French oak. 

Taste: Fine golden color in appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, apple, citrus, and spice make up the bouquet.  Sunny lemon, yellow peaches, and fresh pineapple tones introduce this juicy, fresh-fruited Chardonnay to the palate. It's ripe in fruit profile but svelte and a touch steely as well. Smooth & elegant finish- this white Burgundy is ideal for youthful drinking.

Pairing Suggestion: The perfect Tuesday night white Burg that does just as well with a grain bowl as with baked chicken. One to keep in mind for your late Brunch if Hollandaise & Eggs Benedict are on the menu!

Xavier Monnot Monthelie

'Les Duresses' 2020

(Village) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR

$62 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay from Monthelie Les Duresses which lies on the western side of the valley that nestles itself around the village of Monthelie and the road that leads up toward the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Monthelie's vineyards are a continuation of Volnay's and it is mainly a red wine village. To the northwest of Monthelie is Auxey-Duresses and its best premier cru Les Duresses, where Chardonnay performs well in limestone soil.  12-months aging in 20% percent new small French oak barrels.

Taste: This youthful, cheekier cousin of Meursault, is plump and offers juicy, primary citrus and pear flavors offset by steely tangs of acidity, minerality, and spicy, smoky oak hints. It's a creamy, luscious wine that's lovely in youth but likely to continue to add complexity through 2027. Thanks to its ascending location on the hill above the village this Monthelie has a balanced backbone of acidity and elevated fragrance.

Pairing Suggestion: Its round profile pairs well with your favorite cream/wine pasta sauces like alfredo, and casseroles with a bechamel base. It readily partners with blue cheeses (Roquefort, Bleu de Bresse or Bleu d’Auvergne).

Xavier Monnot

Bourgogne Rouge 2020

(Regional) Burgundy, FR

$45 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir that is 100% destemmed prior to fermentation. The wine is aged in 15% new oak.

Taste: Deep purple color in the glass with a bouquet that is open and generous with blackcurrant and berry scents. The palate is chewy on the entry bursting with ripe, exuberant cherry and plum flavors with also good acidity, quite firm tannins and a solid finish that you would think might be a village cru. Hints of earth and spice on the finish leave a delightful impression.

Pairing Suggestions: Very versatile Pinot Noir that lends itself to a variety of proteins (including plant-based). Reach for it with pizza and/or your go-to appetizer spread.

Xavier Monnot Maranges

1er Cru 'Clos de la Fussière' 2020

(Village) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR

$62 btl/retail

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir from Clos de la Fussière a 2.6 acre block within and towards the bottom of La Fussière premier cru in Dezize-les-Maranges. It is a monopole belonging to of Xavier Monnot’s family for five generations. It is a steep, south-facing site that gives a wine that is rich, fleshy and dense.

Taste: A ripe but attractively fresh nose speaks of freshly turned earth, violet and poached plum. This Maranges has an ample, fleshy feel. Black-plum and cherry flavors are anchored by a spine of acidity. There is both richness and volume to the overtly rustic medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent complexity on the reasonably long finish. A generous Burgundy, that conveys a sense of place with its rustic charm and is welcoming in its youth.

Pairing Suggestion: Pairs well with roasted or grilled pork tenderloin as well as falafel & roasted cauliflower. Can withstand richer dishes and elevates dishes with with fresh oregano, thyme, and basil.

>> Did you Know?

The complexity of the Burgundy wine classification system instills fear in even the most well-versed wine pros and reminds us of the words of William Shakespeare, “though she be but little, she is fierce” given that Burgundy is only 50 square miles.

In Burgundy, the concept of “terroir” (cultivated land) is very important since it’s the soil that gives its name to the wine (in Alsace, it’s the grape variety, in Bordeaux, the estate).

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