We decided to taste outside due to the overwhelming smells from the chef’s cauldron. A selection of whites and reds from Pernand Vergelesses to Savigny had elegance all over them. Light and approachable with pretty fruit and velvety tannins. After tasting a few we walked several minutes to the other cellar to taste more from barrel. All so delightful with romantic surroundings, I wanted to stay. Then on leaving The Smoker mentioned that the hobby of Francois’ husband is collecting planes. Strange but very true and quite a shock to see over 30 planes in a field including what looked like, at a distance, fighter jets!
Next onto Tollot-Beaut in the Chorey Les Beaune AOC, another first for me at this 24 hectare estate. Five short wines but a masterclass of finesse, elegance and class – some might say Kate Middleton in a glass! I have several customer followers of these wines and I now know why.
Overall a fascinating and rewarding trip giving us an incite to the 2011 vintage and what to expect in the En Primeur offer in January that I will certainly be investing in. My advice – buy some 2011 as the quantity is there but also the quality, sometimes better than the 2010’s and as 2012 is short you may need to make the 2011’s last longer.
Written by Jason Busby, Director