A Favorite Returns: Morey's Chassagne Virondot
Last Summer, I offered the 2011 vintage of Marc Morey's Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot, and it became a feeding frenzy that quickly demolished 25 cases.
People have been asking about it ever since...
It was pretty easy to see why - it was perfectly wide open, showing both the wonderful generosity of the 2011 vintage with fantastic freshness to balance things out.
Rarely had I offered (or encountered) a White Burg that was showing so much mature complexity and balance for the price.
Our current selection from Piedmont.
You Say Rosé, I Say Rosato
Ok, so I actually say both and you may very well do the same but as pink wine extends its unrelenting run of summer wine dominance into a now second decade, I am increasingly feeling compelled to distinguish between the catch-all French designation 'rosé' and its lesser-used Italian and Spanish versions, 'rosato' and 'rosado,' respectively. While there is no difference in the way these wines are produced (aside from each winemaker's personal decisions), the term 'rosé' has become as eponymous as popsicle, polaroid and ping-pong. I am certainly not without fault here. When I am called upon for a list of "rosé recommendations," I often simply run through all of our pink wine options, regardless of origin and appellation, failing to clarify whether we are dealing with a rosé from France, a rosato from Italy, or a rosado from Spain, and even at times referring to a "delicious Tuscan rosé" or a "really cool rosé from Rioja." Horrors!