May Newsletter: 2013 Lucien Boillot & Fils P-A, The Latest Finds from Friuli and Chianti, New Beginnings Sampler

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Highlights from this month’s newsletter…




by Dixon Brooke

In Burgundy, 2013 was another year in which Mother Nature reduced the size of the crop without consulting the growers. Hail was a big factor in the Côte de Beaune, much like it was in 2012, albeit slightly less dramatic (except at Savigny-lès-Beaune). In the Côte de Nuits, 2013 was a bit less kind than 2012. A difficult flowering diminished crop size, then adverse summer weather pushed maturity into one of the latest harvests on record over the past several decades. Those who waited long enough to allow the fruit to properly ripen and beat the late-season storms were handsomely rewarded. Growers like Pierre Boillot, with a plethora of ancient vines that naturally produce small, thick-skinned berry clusters, were favored.

Tasting through the epic terroir lineup in barrel at the Boillot cellars in Gevrey-Chambertin in December 2014, I was struck by the usual feeling of being in the presence of an incredible range of traditional, aristocratic, balanced, refined, delicious Pinot Noirs—each a kaleidoscope into its specific terroir, each exhibiting great potential for the ages, each leaving one to imagine the pleasure to be had at table. Pierre Boillot’s wife, Sophie, was on hand to show us the way with an expertly roasted chicken and a bottle of 2008 Cherbaudes post-tasting. You’ll never regret laying down a few cases of Burgundian gold.

per case

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin


2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Evocelles”


2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Corbeaux”


2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “La Perrière”


2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cherbaudes”


2013 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Pruliers”


2013 Volnay 1er Cru “Les Brouillards”


2013 Volnay 1er Cru “Les Angles”


2013 Volnay 1er Cru “Les Caillerets”


2013 Pommard 1er Cru “Les Fremiers”


2013 Pommard 1er Cru “Les Croix Noires”


Pre-arrival terms: Half-payment due with order; balance due upon arrival.


by Jennifer Oakes

Most years I would be headed out of town for a spring getaway, admiring bright flowers or exploring farmers’ markets. This year, however, I’m focused on my recent purchase of a new (i.e., used) house and I’m worrying about sewer cleanouts, paint rollers, and missing shingles.

But once all the patching, painting, and pruning are done, I’ll finally have room to garden, and to have friends and colleagues over for a leisurely Sunday brunch, perhaps bribing them with a magnum or two to help with the weeding. I’m probably not alone in needing a bit of spring-cleaning help, either. But absent an easily enticed group of friends, you might have to buckle down and do it yourself. Ah, but consider a lively glass of sparkling Petit Royal while you transplant those tender lettuces; a bright, peppy rosé before reorganizing the garage; or a lush, juicy red while painting the fence. I encourage you to mine this sampler to enhance your spring bounty, and know that when the trowel and rake need to come out, you have my sympathies. But hard work has its rewards—at least one of them should be good wine.

per bottle

2014 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris” • Fontsainte


2014 Languedoc Blanc • Château de Lascaux


2012 Pinot Blanc • Kuentz-Bas


2012 Jurançon Sec • Domaine Bru-Baché


2013 Quincy • Domaine Trotereau


Petit Royal Brut • Lambert de Seyssel


2013 Moscato d’Asti • Elvio Tintero


2013 Pays d’Oc Rouge • Château Fontanès


2013 Beaujolais • Domaine Dupeuble


2013 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vigna L’Pari” • G. Porro


2011 Eloro Nero d’Avola “Spaccaforno” • Riofavara


2011 Côtes du Vivarais Rouge • A. Gallety


Special Sampler Price

$164 (a 25% discount)

Jennifer Oakes’s favorite toy as a baby was an eggbeater, and after a formal culinary school education and running a Southern California restaurant for almost a decade, she’s found her happy place here at Kermit Lynch.

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