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Maison Ambroise’s Cellar

Politics is not a subject I like to touch upon when I am in someone else’s homeland.

On our second day at Burgundy, we joined a day tour to visit 4 vineyards with a private guide, Brigitte.  When she asked if we have followed the politics in France and what do we think of their new President, all we said was “ what do you think? “

The domains we visited were very small; it was like visiting someone’s backyard with a cellar.   Maison Ambroise in Nuit St George was one of the domains we visited on the day. (more…)

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Oak wood from nearby forest

Of the seven domaines we visited in Burgundy, this must be the most modern and supplicated of all.   The visit was arranged through BBR and to be worthy of BBR, probably have to reach some standard, meaning quality and quantity.

We were greeted by the assistant wine maker, Didier, whom gave up his well-paid job as an Engineer and followed his heart to become a winemaker.

After touring the fermentation facility, we were out in the garden.  It was quite amazing to see oak woods piling up in the backyard.  Well, apparently there is an oak wood forest nearby and the Domaine will select 200-year oak tree for the oak barrels.  The woods will pile up in the backyard, rain or shine, for two years. (more…)

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Most of the domains in Burgundy are still family owned and quite small.  On average the domains own about 6 to 8 hectares of land, producing roughly 30,000 bottles a year.

It is rare for one domain to own the whole parcel of vineyard.

When Sylvia at Domaine Rossignol-Trapet told us they started biodynamic in 1997 and finally received the certification in 2008, I wondered how they could control the quality? If the domain does not own all the vines, what if the vines next to yours are spread with chemicals? (more…)

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Burgundy wines are probably the most confusing regions to understand.  Some said the word ‘terrior’ comes from this region, and the wine makers I met in Burgundy all said so!

Driving through the vineyards of Burgundy is so much different from Bordeaux.  Bordeaux is very flat and the vineyards stretch miles and miles away.  In Burgundy, there are small parcels of land along both sides of the road.  On one side the land is flat but then the other side is quite hilly. (more…)

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Beajolais Cru

Beaujolais, a wine that I used to drink quite a bit when I was young; well, simply because it was cheap, fruity and easy to drink.   These days, knowing better, this is not a wine I will stock up for my cellar.

But I was genuinely surprised by tasting a Beaujolais Cru last night at a “Burgundy Red” tasting class.  Burgundy is a complicated region, and often confusing with the village and vineyard appellations.  We tasted a few Premier Cru and Grand Cru last night, most were very complex, balanced with long length.  (more…)

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Home Made Smoke Pigeon

Ever since we dined at the Chairman, my husband was contemplating in trying the Smoke Pigeon at home.  The Manager at the restaurant told us the tip was to smoke the pigeon with rice.

Preparation was made – live pigeon, rice, Chinese wine and Sweet Osmanthus Oolong tea. (more…)

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Burgundy is a difficult region to understand.  The classification of Burgundy is sometimes quite confusing.   If we compare the classification system of Bordeaux and Burgundy, there are about 60 names protected under the AC system in Bordeaux where as in Burgundy there are 10 times more. (more…)

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