Wines news of France VIII !!

Again, my fav going back to my wines and of course when I say wines I mean France! The epicenter of it all, copied imitated but never surpassed, simply the best. I will indulge into this hobby of mine once in a while in my blog as part of my anecdotes of France as part of the slogan of my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I do!

And of the greatest event on wine just came to an end. In the most difficult of years and they had a record, goes to show you the power of French wines or in this case Burgundy/Bourgogne! 

The 160th Hospices de Beaune wine auction has the second best result in its history!!!  The 160th Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale, which took place last December 13, 2020 in a strict sanitary framework, achieved excellent results. The Grande Halle de Beaune was able to accommodate 170 people, 80 of which had bidding panels. During this sale, the estate offered 474 pieces of red wine and 156 pieces of white wine. With the Presidents’ Piece and the spirits (9 pieces), the entire sale totals the second best result for the sale of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune.

Nine new records were recorded in average price:

BÂTARD MONTRACHET GRAND CRU CUVÉE DAMES DE FLANDRES. ECHÉZEAUX GRAND CRU CUVÉE JEAN-LUC BISSEY. CORTON BLANC GRAND CRU CUVÉE DOCTEUR PESTE.  CORTON GRAND CRU DOCTEUR PESTE.  CLOS DE LA ROCHE CUVÉE CYROT-CHAUDRON. CORTON GRAND CRU CUVÉE CHARLOTTE DUMAY.  POMMARD GRAND CRU – LES EPENOTS CUVÉE DOM GOBLET. MAZIS-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU CUVÉE COLLIGNON. MEURSAULT PREMIER CRU – LES GENEVRIÈRES CUVÉE PHILIPPE LE BON.

This year, the Hospices de Beaune had chosen to devote the funds raised by the Presidents’ Piece to hospital staff in France and their families directly affected by the epidemic via La Fédération hospitalière de France, supported by Marc Lavoine. Great initiative and cause well deserving.

For this anniversary edition, the Hospices de Beaune put on sale a unique 228-liter charity piece: Clos de la Roche Grand Cru. The sale allowed the Hospital Federation of France to collect the total sum of 780,000 euros.

And do you know, Aubert de Villaine in Vosne-Romanée? The owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti! of Burgundy.  Because wine, for Monsieur de Villaine, is much more than wine , even if it is the most famous and the most sought after in the world. It is a point of crystallization of all aspects of civilization. Both a skill and one of the fine arts. In 2020, in Burgundy, the year was exceptional. In barrels, the cask and Romanée-Conti cuvées already have incomparable strength, elegance, liveliness, power and fruitiness. In 2020. From north to south and east to west of France, French winegrowers are talking about a fantastic year. Seek it out folks indeed glorious.

And one of my all time favorites is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the acquisition of Château Léoville Poyferré, the second classified growth of Saint-Julien, by the Cuvelier family in 1920, and should be celebrated with dignity. The H. Cuvelier & Fils trading house, specializing in the trade of great Bordeaux wines and Grands Crus Classés from Médoc in a geographical area which stretched from Normandy to Flanders via England , the three cousins, Paul, Albert and Gonzague Cuvelier, parted in the middle of their pomaded hair, gaited shoes, false collar, fitted waistcoat, cigar and jacket, have quite simply decided to treat themselves to Château Le Crock. A 32 hectare gravel vineyard estate and its splendid park on the Marbuzet plateau in Saint-Estèphe.  The Cuvelier Family estates includes Le Crock, Moulin Riche and Léoville Poyferré .

The 80-hectare estate is one of the stars of the smallest of the four flagship communes of the Médoc. Located between Margaux and Pauillac, left bank of the Gironde estuary, Saint-Julien is renowned for its homogeneity. Of the nineteen wineries that share the 920 hectares of the appellation, eleven are classified as an AOC that has no first or fifth. The origins of Léoville Poyferré go back to 1638

At that time, Maître Jean de Moytié, a notable Bordeaux resident, owned the largest wine-growing property in the region on Mont-Moytié. Taken over in 1740 by Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville, who gave it its name, it remained intact until the eve of the French revolution. Of course, nationalise and sold as national property, partly bought back in 1826 by its owner, the Marquis de Las Cases, (his own property!!) and the Irishman Hugh Barton, the estate was split for the first time. On the one hand, Léoville, on the other Léoville Barton. In 1840, the son Las Cases, Pierre-Jean, Marshal of the Empire and biographer of Napoleon at Sainte-Hélène, and his sister Jeanne, wife of Baron Jean-Marie de Poyferré, each took their share. Today, there are therefore three independent estates: Léoville Las Cases, Barton and Poyferré

Bought in 1920 by the Cuveliers, the heritage of Léoville Poyferré has remained in the same family and in its entirety since that date. The Léoville Poyferré, which belongs to Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, is a terroir planted with 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the four king grape varieties of Saint-Julien. Wines of great elegance, they are aged with respect for the environment.

Due to the current virus, the 2020 vintage is excellent.  As well as the 2018, 2019 and 2020 an exceptional trilogy, the harvest has returned, the wine  warm in barrels… it is impossible to celebrate it. Everything is suspended. For the director, two options: either prepare a teasing in anticipation of the first fruits in spring 2021. Or, wait wisely 2022. After all, why not? What are twenty-four short months in the history of a cru as prestigious as Léoville Poyferré? Decisions decisions to bottled it or not, we will see the world awaits!

Inspired of the Champagne  authors capable of returning them to the bottles of the great houses, Anselme Selosse, the incomparable winegrower of Avize, promises a future other than standardization for the cooperatives which produce their vintages with grapes from different harvesters. The cooperative could become for a certain number of members a nursery of nuggets. the mention CM ( grape handling cooperative) on ​​the label. Let us direct it towards the Champagne Le Brun de Neuville produced in Bethon, a village with the Romanesque church of the 15C located on the chalky hillsides of the Sézannais, south of the Côte des Blancs. Year after year, it invites the 199 members of Champagne Le Brun de Neuville, who operate 150 ha, of which a third of the grapes are destined for cooperative, to move towards organic farming by resuming soil tillage.

It is the body and soul of Sézannais chardonnay (90% of the grape) that most of the 16 LBN Champagnes vintages allow to discover. According to our heart, an advantage to the Extra white, delicate, floral, full of freshness, to the 2008 vintage, a pulpy and sunny Chardonnay, and to the La Croisée des Chemins cuvée, a blanc de noirs et de blancs , a nice name to revisit the classic Champagne pinot (30%) and chardonnay (70%) blend which here manifests elegance and depth.

And I leave with some thoughts on wines by greater men;enjoy it

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” Martin Luther

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” Benjamin Franklin

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” Louis Pasteur

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world”. Ernest Hemingway

Wine… the intellectual part of the meal”. Alexandre Dumas

And there you go folks a bit of wines for the Holiday season could be heaven on earth. We are fully stocked and our Pommery is ready and cold, you are welcome. Again early perhaps but I am forgetful these days. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers celebrating it as we do.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

2 Comments to “Wines news of France VIII !!”

  1. Just enjoying an Italian Primitivo.

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