Always a pleasure to return to Burgundy where we attended their bi-annual wine trade fair "Grand Jours des Bourgogne". And just like the wine region is unique this event is also particularly peculiar.
Burgundy is a vast group of vineyards, which are massively subdivided in ownership, so this event couldn't be more closest to its terroir by separating tastings per communes in different venues as closest to their vines of origin as possible. This romantic idea has obvious logistic problems, but I guess it keeps things real and natural when you´re tasting a Corton just besides its naming hill.
So each day had 4 separate venues each of them showcasing specific communes:
For the most part of the stands bottles rest in there preferred resting vessels, the barriques, gladly each producer has a short range to exhibit per commune, and this adds to the charm as otherwise it wouldn't be practical.
The vignerons were generally presenting the 2012 harvest for both whites and reds. If we had to point out the common thread of the year the best suitable adjectives would be concentration, of fruit, strict, tannin structured, and amazing freshness, very bright, mouthwatering acidity. These renders an exciting tasting vintage, which surely will improve with bottle rest.
Gladly there was also oportunity to visit or re-visit some Domaines: