Caviste Overton last night hosted the first of a series of Masterclasses featuring the wine of the Côte de Nuits.
A range of producers and vintages from the main village communes where presented by Ben Llewelyn and Mark Bedford to highlight the sheer class and variety available from this wonderful wine region. The wines, listed below, all performed as expected and all who tasted were left with a lasting impression that, if one chooses carefully, burgundy is still the place for the world's finest Pinot.
See Mark's video of Ben introducing the wines.
Among the the 2003 David Duband was showing beautifully, even for this massive vintage. The tannins had resolved and the fruit, although brooding and powerful was nicely rounded and seductive. Virgile Lignier's 2006 Morey 1er Cru Aux Charmes was possibly the most attractive to drink now, proving that even in a difficult vintage like 06, terrific wines (and value) are to be found. Surprise of the night was the 2007 Morey Blanc from Dujac, which was described as ferric, mineral and racy, which it certainly was, but as it opened up over the evening the fruit bloomed and it showed its class-Chablisesque with a touch of the Beaune, and still a long way to go.
Download: Côte de Nuits Masterclass notes and tasting brochure
The next Overton master class is on the Northern Rhone, focussing on the reds, and that means it's going to be a Syrah fest. Please book your tickets early as they are selling fast - buy tickets online here.
We will post the wines on the web site when we have confirmed the line up for the evening.