Friday, 25 January 2013

Burgfest 2013

This year's annual RR Burgundy tasting at the St John Restaurant:

first arrivals dive in to the whites

a formidable line up of Cathiard, Lignier, Roty

Laura from Vivat Bacchus and Willoughby from Vinoteca

the white table

the red table

Bazdad and Chas from Four Walls Wine with Catherine

the well deserved lunch

Collecting the samples

A flying visit to Burgundy at the beginning of the week to pick up samples for this year's annual Burgundy tasting:

RR with Philippe Roty

with Alain Jeanniard

with Sébastien Cathiard, tasting his 2012's

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Burgundy 2011: Domaines Hubert Lignier and Sylvain Cathiard

Whilst many of the London merchants held tastings and released prices for the 2011 Burgundy vintage last week, RR&Co are holding off until the end of next to release prices (please email if you would like to receive the offer).

Instead, last week, we held a series of small dinners and lunches with some visiting vigneron: Laurent Lignier and Sébastien Cathiard. Both are sons of pioneering fathers in the world of Côte de Nuits Pinot Noir (Hubert Lignier and Sylvain Cathiard), and last week gave us a chance to taste through this new generation's wines, as well as looking back to the older wines of their fathers.

Fiona Beckett joined us for lunch at The Quality Chop House, where Laurent's 2007s stood out, being much more approachable now than the 08s or 09s. Follow the link here to see what Fiona thought of the Charmes Chambertin 2007 with Tunworth cheese.

The weight on Sébastien's shoulders to continue the domaine his father raised to such heights must have felt enormous. The 2011s (his first vintage in charge at the domaine) show extreme finesse and skill, and a promise of great things to come. With the growing hype surrounding Burgundy, if might feel like these wines are becoming out of reach. For anyone interested in tasting this great, and scarce, domaine I would point you in the direction of restaurant lists such as Roka, Charlotte Street. I can vouche that the Cathiard wines go brilliantly with the Japanese cuisine (especially the black cod). Other restaurant list appearances include Hereford Road, La Petite Maison, and Zuma.