What's in a name? The Perrieres vineyards of Burgundy

What's in a name? The Perrieres vineyards of Burgundy

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Perrieres - quality set in stone...
There are a lot of Perrieres vineyards in Burgundy - Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-St-Georges, Corton, Beaune, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, St-Aubin, Montagny and St-Romain all have a vineyard so-named.

Why is it so?

The name Perrieres comes from the French word for stone - pierres. What these vineyards all have in common is a preponderance of stone in the soil. Burgundy is famous for its limestone which is used for building. If you drive north out of Beaune along the D974 you will see some of the quarries and businesses processing the stone.

It is this same limestone that determines the style quality of these vineyards. These rocky soils provide minerality and freshness both in white and red wines. Limestone adds an elegance not found on the heavier-clay based soils seen in parts of the cote.

Today we feature 10 different wines from the Perrieres vineyards of Burgundy. We have quite a few more available so click this link to see the full range.

If you like stylish wines with freshness and vibrancy these are for you.

Domaine Jomain Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016 
Normally $169.50
Special $144.50

Jomain Perrieres label Darren Harris:  Puligny-Montrachet provides a variety of terroirs and wine styles. The Grand Crus and the Premier Crus alongside are rich and powerful. But travel a little further to the north of the commune and you will find vineyards that produce wines that are more delicate and mineral. One of these is Les Perrieres, named after the quarries. Perrieres is a wine of finesse. It is not a blockbuster. It is the dancer of Puligny-Montrachet. Light on its feet yet still absolutely absorbing.
The 2016 Perrieres from Jomain is long, fine and very fresh. Loaded with minerals. It is acid and racy with a gorgeous intensity and persistence. My type of wine. A terrific example of what makes Puligny-Montrachet the go-to commune for White Burgundy.
Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": Less attack, more refinement to this faintly spiced and very attractive nose. More depth, more minerality, more intensity - this starts a little less generous than the villages wine, but there is more of everything here. Not an overt acidity, but ingraining flavour and with plenty of balance. Very good - to wait for again. Super length.
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016
Normally $115.50
Special $98.15
7 bottles available
Chartron St-Aubin Perrieres label
John Gilman "View from the Cellar"The premier cru of Perrières was more heavily frosted than Murgers in 2016 and the production here was down by about half in this vintage. The wine has turned out very nicely chez Chartron, offering up lovely precision on both the nose and palate and even a bit more core than the very good Murgers. The nose is a fine blend of apple, pear, chalky minerality, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid, with lovely balance, bright acids and fine cut and grip on the long, complex and zesty finish. Fine juice. 2019-2035. 
91-92 Points

Domaine Bernard Millot Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2016
Normally $209.95
Special $178.50
10 bottles available
Millot Perrieres 2016 Label
Darren Harris: Fresh nose of white fruits, flowers and stony minerality. A little more reserved than the 1er Cru cuvee. Pure and refined but deeply flavoured and really light on its feet as is typical of the wines from this domaine. Great acidity and freshness culminating in a long mineral driven finish. Seriously good.

Domaine Robert Ampeau Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres 1996
Normally $335.00
Special $284.50
2 bottles available

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016 
750ml Normally $199.95
Special $169.95
1500ml Magnum Normally $399.90
Special $339.90
12 bottles and 2 Magnums available
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Darren Harris: 
Chauvenet own parcels in seven Nuits Premier Crus including Les Vaucrains, Les Damodes and Les Bousselots but it is their small 0.23 hectare parcel in Les Perrieres that has me gob-smacked in 2016. The wine combines red and black fruits in a lifted, aromatic nose with minerals in spades. It is fresh and vibrant yet deeply flavoured with subtle spices playing in the background. 1/3 new oak contributes to the freshness and ensures the wine remains lifted and aromatic. This is really fine NSG Premier Cru with an elegant character yet never losing its stamp of origin. Only 3 barrels produced in 2016. Very fine quality.  

Domaine Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perriere Monopole 2016
Normally $239.95
Special $206.95
24 bottles available
Bertagna Vougeot Perriere label
Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss: This vineyard, wholly owned by the producer, lies next to the north end of Clos de Vougeot. Old vines and low yields give the wine a dense texture. The ripe, smoky character is dark, firm and needs several years more aging. Drink from 2024. 
93 Points
Darren Harris: A monopoly of the domaine measuring a substantial 2.2 hectares in size. The vineyard is surrounded on three sides by Musigny, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses and Clos Vougeot. Complex nose displaying wild strawberry, violets and an array of spices and herbs. Multi-layered with an enticing note of musk in the background. Texturally interesting with a long, refined finish displaying minerals and fine grained tannin. This is always one of the most intellectual wines at Bertagna that seems to combine a little of the three serious vineyards that surround it.
Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016
Normally $199.95
Special $169.95
2 bottles available

Chevillon Robert Perrieres label
Wine Advocate - Neal Martin: The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières has a more floral and mineral-driven bouquet, a bit of light after the broodier Roncier. The palate is medium-bodied with a confit-like entry, quite intense with concentrated with veins of fresh fig discretely interwoven into the red berry fruit. There is sense of compactness here and it is only in the last third that it stretches its arms. This is a lovely Les Perrières from Chevillon. 92-94 Points

Domaine Marchand-Grillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perriere 2016 
Normally $220.95
Special $187.50
20 bottles available

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Darren Harris Located below Mazis-Chambertin Marchand-Grillot's Perrieres always sings of its terroir. We have layered flavours of cherries and plums but most of all cool stonyness on the nose. The palate is zippy, fresh and focused with deep flavours and a sense of relative lightness. The tannins are very fine and coat the fruit. A tremendous wine in 2016.
Louis Latour Corton Perrieres Grand Cru 2015
Normally $252.00
Special $214.00
2 bottles available

Latour Corton Perrieres
James Suckling Tasting Report: The ripe fruit is evident on the nose with complex cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Medium to full body and gorgeous depth of fruit that finishes soft and classy. Savory. Give it three to four years but already a joy to taste. 95 Points
Wine Spectator: Bright cherry, black currant, blueberry and spice flavors ply this dense, juicy red. There is also a firm, tannic side that will need time to integrate. With air, more fruit emerges and the tannins are tamed somewhat. Offers a long, firm finish. Best from 2021 through 2038. 94 Points
To view the wines, read more tasting notes, and to order on our website click here. Orders may also be placed by email to tracey@grandmillesime.com.au.

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Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner
Thursday 26 September at Yagiz
7 seats left

Discover your inner Burgundy...
How do you learn more about Burgundy? Reading is informative and a trip to the vineyards can be very constructive. But nothing is better than tasting and comparing wines and talking about them with like minded, enthusiastic wine lovers.

Our Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner is going to do just that.

We have assembled 7 Pairs of wines. Each Pair has everything in common - well, except for one variable. 

The difference might be maker, vintage, vineyard or level. But apart from that one element the wines are fundamentally the same - at least on the surface.

We will taste and compare each Pair of wines and discuss what makes the wines different. It should be a great exercise and I am sure will increase everyone's understanding of the intricacies of Burgundy. We'll do it over dinner at Yagiz where the food will be a great counterpoint to the wine.

School was never this much fun!

You can read the tasting notes for this dinner here.
The menu and wine list:
Deniz Taragi - raw scallops, pastirma, burnt butter, Geraldton Wax
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2017
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien 2017
Turlu - Jerusalem artichoke, babycorn, isot and perserved lemon curd
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2016
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2015
Kalamar - Grilled calamari, burnt pepper, crispy bulgar
 Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2015
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2012
Peynir Tava - Grilled ezine cheese, honey comb
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 2016
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans 2016
Sigara Boregi - Confit of duck cigar
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers 2016
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Boucherottes Monopole 2016
Pastirma Sis - Pastirma, goat cheese, date
Domaine Jerome Chezeaux Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 2015
Domaine Michel Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots 2015
Ordek - Seared Duck breast, sticky bulgar pilaf, grilled peach
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2014
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2012
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Yagiz Restaurant
22 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141
Cost: $195.00 per Person 
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Domaine Philippe Cheron Dinner
Tuesday 22 October at Pope Joan
7 seats left

In the late 1930's, Paul Misset, Philippe Cheron's grandfather, acquired parcels of vines in the Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges communes. Not being a wine-grower, he entrusted their management to tenant wine growers in Vosne-Romanée. Starting with these original parcels, Paul Misset's grandchildren, two generations later, have built up a wine domaine which today covers 5 hectares, spread over the Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanée, Chambolle Musigny and Clos de Vougeot appellations.

The domaine's winery and cellars are located in the historical centre of Nuits Saint Georges. The vaulted 19th century cellars allow the wines to be aged in perfect conditions and the modern, efficient winery has recently been totally refurbished.

After working as technical director at Domaine Jean-Claude Belland in Santenay, Philippe Cheron took over the family estate in 2011. A trained engineer, he studied at the wine university in Suze la Rousse before gaining important experience making wine in the Rhône valley and then Burgundy. To round off this experience, he also took an agricultural training course at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune.

I have had the pleasure of tasting at the domaine for a few vintages and starting with 2015 we decided to import the wines of this small domaine. I have experienced Philippe's growing expertise and seen how successive vintages how become more spectacular. His Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers 2016 was one of the most stunning wines I have ever tasted from barrel.

Being only 5 hectares in size this is a domaine that does not produce a lot of wine. In small vintages the quantity becomes even more restricted. Factor in low cropping old vines and we see production can be as little as just two barrels - less than 600 bottles for wine aficionados across the globe.

This dinner features 11 wines from Domaine Philippe Cheron from the 2016 and 2015 vintages. It includes the once-only Chambolle-Musigny Tirage 3096 Bottles 2016 - a product of the hail that ravaged Chambolle-Musigny in 2016 and necessitated the production of just one Chambolle cuvee that vintage, the outstanding Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers 2016, the first vintage of this wine following the return of vineyards to the domaine, and the Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 from vines in the climat of Les Hautes Baudes.

We'll also compare Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees and Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet from 2016 and 2015.

The wine list:

Chambolle-Musigny Tirage 3096 Bottles 2016 
Chambolle-Musigny Clos de l'Orme 2015 
Chambolle-Musigny Les Quarante Ouvrees 2015 

Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2016
Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2015

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2016
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2015
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2016 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2015 

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers 2016
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Pope Joan, Sofitel Forecourt
45 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $199.00 Per Person

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