The Hedonistic Taster | № 36 | #Winophiles + Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 36 | #Winophiles + Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML


“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, an intimate showcase of artisan winemaker trade samples. The title “Hedonistic Taster” derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

These tasting notes focus upon Burgundy, bubbles and beyond, including emerging pinot noir and bubbles producers worldwide.

Today’s Tasting:  #Winophiles+Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine

Famille Bougrier Pure Loire Rosé d’Anjou 2016 paired with organic salad, marinated salmon and freshly baked, seeded boule.

What better Valentine’s Day pairing than L’Amour and French wine?

This month’s French #Winophiles, a group of wine industry influencers with a penchant for French wines, share their favorite pairings with wines generously facilitated by Jill Barth’s co-host Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest.

These wines represent four exciting French wine regions currently capturing consumers’ attention: Savoie, Loire Valley, Beaujolais, and northern Rhone Valley’s Côte de Brune and Côte de Blonde.

Affordable, accessible, and food friendly, the wines vary in cultivars, approach, and style, but all hail from long-established domaines that share a common respect for terroir, and L’Amour du patrimoine, or heritage.

Jean Perrier et Fils Apremont, Savoie.

Wine: Domaine Perrier & Fils Apremont Gastronomie, Fleur de Jacquère

Vintage: 2017

About the Producer:  A seventh-generation family owned domain founded in 1853, Jean Perrier & Fils possesses 62 hectares in the sloping mountains of Savoy and the French Alps. Learn more about Domaine Jean Pierre et Fils here.

Alcohol: 11.5%

Suggested Retail:  $13

Producer Specs100% Jacquère – a mid-sized, thick-skinned, tightly bunched grape variety native to Savoie noted for its bitter, juicy pulp.

Fruit sourced from old domain vineyards planted to argilo-calcaire soils in Les Marches, St. Baldoph and Apremont. Manual harvest, pneumatic pressing, three-week fermentation.


Robe: Light lemon-gold robe.

Nose: Mountain flowers, yellow and white.

Palate: Lemon, Anjou pear, fleurs blanches, mineral core. Light body, bright acids, clean finish. Fresh, complex, idiosyncratic. Excellent quality for the value.



Wine:  Famille Bougrier Pure Loire Rose d’Anjou  

Vintage: 2016

About the Producer: One of the Loire Valley’s last family owned domaines, Famille Bougrier is a sixth-generation winery founded in 1885. The winery comprises 85 hectares on three domaines spanning from Nantes to Sancerre.

More about Famille Bougrier here.

Alcohol: 11%

Suggested Retail:  $13.99 (Sold exclusively at Total Wines.)

Producer Specs: 50% Gamay, 50% Grolleau. Clay with silica soils. A blend of both macerated and pressed juice, matured in stainless steel tanks.


Robe:  Pale rose-petal pink robe.

Nose: Yeasty peach and apricot fuzz notes.

Palate: Ripe stone fruit bouche, lilting floral finish. Medium body, slightly sweet.

Vignerons de Bel-Air Saint-Amour 2016 Cru de Beaujolais.

Wine:  Vignerons de Bel-Air Saint-Amour Cru de Beaujolais

Vintage:  2016

About the Producer: Founded in 1929, Vignerons de Bel-Air includes 250 growers and 700 ha vineyards dotted throughout Beaujolais.  Vignerons de Bel-Air lays claim as the largest producer of Crus du Beaujolais, all estate bottled.

 More about Vignerons de Bel Air here.

Alcohol:  13%

Suggested Retail: $18.99

Producer Specs: 100% Gamay sourced from 60+ year-old, gobelet-trained vines planted in a soil admix of granite, clay, limestone and schists.

Hand-harvested, semi-carbonic and traditional fermentation, aged five months in stainless steel tanks.



Robe: Clear garnet robe.

Nose: Mushroom, red currant, dusty mineral notes.

Palate: Pomegranate, dark cherry, deep mineral core. Acids, tannins and finish+.

Vidal-Fleury 2013 Cote-Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal-Fleury.


Wine:  Vidal-Fleury Côte-Rôtie Brune & Blonde de Vidal-Fleury

Vintage:  2013

About the Producer: Established in 1781, Vidal-Fleury remains the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley.  More about Vidal-Fleury here.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $72

Producer Specs: 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier.

Fruit grown on extremely steep, thinly layered granitic terraces. Southwestern Côte Blonde contains silica-rich gneiss and clayey sands; northeastern Côte Brune sports mica-schist, coupled with iron and manganese oxide, producing deeper soil with more clay.

Extended traditional maceration (three weeks), “pigeage” at initiation, then pump- over. Indigenous yeast induced fermentation. Controlled, rather warm maceration (30°C /86°F). 100% malolactic fermentation.

Aged on lees three years in barrels and wood vat “foudres”.
Natural clarification, stabilization by settling, one filtration via Cross Flow. Unfined. Bottle maturation: 6 months prior to shipment.


Robe: Dark ruby robe.

Nose: Potpourri, pepper, dark red fruit.

Palate: Nose carries through to bouche. Surprisingly thin-bodied, acids and tannins+, quiet finish.

More #Winophile L’Amour here:

Camillia Mann at Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares “L’Amour dans une Bouteille ou Quatre”

Susannah Gold from Avvinare tells us about “Love in the Rhone Valley”

Jeff Burrows at Food, Wine, Click! gives us “French Wines for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Valentines”

Jill Barth from L’Occasion takes us on a sensory route “Tasting Romance: French Wine and the Senses”

Michelle Williams of Rocking Red Blog helps us “Celebrate La Saint-Valentin with French Wine”

David Crowley of Cooking Chat dishes up “French Wine Picks and Pairings for Valentine’s Day” and “Beef Stew with Root Vegetables and Côte-Rôtie Wine”

Lauren Walsh from The Swirling Dervish shares “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines”

Liz  Barrett from What’s in that Bottle pairs “Celebrate Galentine’s Day with French Wines & Fondue”

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley at Wine Predator shares “Sweethearts: French Wines and Pizza”

Wendy Klik at A Day in the Life on the Farm shows us how to Spice up your Love Life with Shrimp Etouffee”

Nicole Ruiz Hudson from Somm’s Table shares “Cooking to the Wine: Domaine Chardigny Saint-Amour with Roasted Salmon and a little Romance”

Martin from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog tells us about “Celebrating L’Amour Du Vin With French Wine At The Table”

Rupal of Journeys of a Syrah Queen swirls up “Valentine’s Day Romance with French Wines”

Jane at Always Ravenous asks “Why Does French Food and Wine Taste So Good? Love!”

Lynn at Savor the Harvest shares “L’Amour du vin”

More of The Hedonistic Taster here.

Always nice to hear from you, dear readers!  Please feel free to leave your comments below and on social media – cheers!

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A Tour of Burgundy, Part 1 | Not to Late to Join Us May 20th!

Have a Thirst for Burgundy?

It’s not too late to join The French Winophiles for a Virtual Tour of Burgundy on May 20th 2017 at 10 a CST!

For those unfamiliar with the program, The #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine. Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine, with topics ranging from regions, routes, food, travel, and history, to profiles and tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn.

Burgundy is the focus of the May and June 2017 #Winophile program.

Please join us May 20th as we taste through Chablis and the fabled Cote d’Or from 10-11 a CST via Twitter using hashtag: #Winophile.

Here’s our May 20th Burgundy Tour Guide for your perusal:

Jeff Burrows of foodwineclick lures us to “Northern Burgundy Served Up With Rabbit.”

Jill Barth of L’Occasion schools us on “Thomas Jefferson in Burgundy.”

Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog tipples towards “A Journey Through Burgundy, Part 1 Chablis and Côte d’Or.”

Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest hosts “Saint-Aubin in Burgundy Invites You To Dine.”

Martin Redmond of Enofylz Wine Blog  throws down “Back to Back White Burgundy: Chablis vs. Côte” d’Or.”

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Art Predator serves up  “Chablis and the Sea.”

L.M. Archer of binnotes mulls over “Burgundy: Wines of Intention.”

…and Jane Niemeyer of Always Ravenous ladles up “White Burgundy paired with Corn Soup.”



See you on Twitter this Saturday morning, May 20th  at 10:00am central (time conversion here). Your invitation is the hashtag #Winophiles. 

And don’t forget….#ChardonnayDay is May 25th. Here’s a link to the press release.


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WITIB? Warning: Turbulence Ahead…

WITIB? Warning: Turbulence Ahead…

Warning: Turbulence Ahead

Ludivine Griveau, Hospices-de-Beaune's first woman winemaker in over 600 years. | Photo Credit: JFM
Ludivine Griveau, Hospices-de-Beaune’s first woman winemaker since its inception in the 15th c. | Photo Credit: AFP – Jeff Pachoud

WITIB? Here’s my schedule the next few weeks…try to keep up!


Villa Maria logo

11/4/15 |  Virtual Tasting – Villa Maria Wine | New Zealand | 5 pm PST

Event Hashtag: #NZPinot

Personal Hashtag: @binNotes

Join me for a fun-filled evening with Villa Maria hosts Helen Morrison -Senior Marlborough Winemaker and Josh Hammond -Marlborough Winemaker, along with social media maven and Wine Harlot Nanette Easton.


Image | Hospices de Beaune.
Image | Hospices de Beaune.

11/10-11/17 | Hospices de Beaune  | Burgundy

That’s right. Freelance writing my way through this year’s Hospices de Beaune wine auction, one barrel at a time.

And living to tell about it. Should be interesting.


Yes, I’ll still dish out my weekly contributions on Foodable WebTV Network.

And look for more Red Thread ™ winemaker and culinary luminary interviews – many great ones forthcoming from Sonoma, Seattle, and beyond.


It’s gonna be hectic, but fun…..thanks for joining the journey…cheers!

Care to share your thoughts along the way? Leave your comments below.

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TGLF | Chardonnay Day Burgundy

TGLF | Chardonnay Day Burgundy


binNotes | a food, wine & travel blog

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

The Good Life France | Chardonnay Day Burgundy

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 My most recent contribution to The Good Life France:

Did you know that May 21st is Chardonnay Day in the Bourgogne (Burgundy)? Now an international event, Chardonnay Day celebrates all things Chardonnay. And while the event got its start six years ago via social media in California, the history of the Chardonnay varietal starts in the Burgundy wine region. Read more

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Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction  | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

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by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction  | Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

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In the shadow of Burgundy’s mega-watt Hospices de Beaune lies an alternative wine auction – the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Held each March, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges makes up for in attitude what it lacks in media attention. This year, the 54th Annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges takes place March 14th & 15th, 2015. Activities include a fitness-friendly semi-marathon, luxury chocolate festival, exclusive tastings and dinners, and a wine auction at Château du Clos de Vougeot. Proceeds benefit Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges and the ELA Foundation.

Every year, wine aficionados travel from throughout France, Europe and the United States to the Cote d’Or for a chance to wave their paddles over more than 100 barrels of premier and villages cuvées. While most proceeds fund the hospital, one barrel benefits a designated charity. Bidders employ the expertise of local negotiants to steward them through the process, from tasting, to auction, to élevage  the ‘raising up of the wine’ to final aging, bottling, unique auction labeling and shipping.

Each barrel roughly equals three hundred bottles, or approximately twenty-five cases of wine, important facts to consider when working out the logistics for final delivery of the finished wine. 

Founded in 1270 by the sisters if Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges moved to its current site in 1633; remnants of the original structure remain. Originally built to care for lepers, over the years the hospital expanded to aid soldiers, respiratory patients and others in need. Currently, the 132-bed public health facility caters primarily to the elderly.

Throughout its benevolent history, grateful locals have donated to the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges. The estate today comprises 12.4 hectares, including choice parcels from within the wine communes of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Primeaux-Prissey, Vosne-Romanée, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Planted mostly to pinot noir, the estate does include a few acres of chardonnay used to craft a small amount of premier cru white.

Moreover, the addition of an updated cuverie in 2002 ensures enhanced productivity methods and increased quality levels.

It’s no secret that as the price of Burgundy soars, more and more wine collectors consider Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges an attractive alternative to the pricier Hospices de Beaune wine auction. All the more reason to enjoy the fun – and wine – while Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges remains relatively obscure!

For more information:

The 54th Hospices Nuits-Saint-Georges wine auction happens March 14-15, 2015.

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TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

TGLF | Saint Vincent Tournante Wine Festival

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by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

 binNotes latest feature in The Good Life France is out!

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Greeting, dear readers! You can read my latest feature on Burgundy’s St. Vincent Tournant in The Good Life France here.

Care to share? Feel free to leave your comments below…Santé!

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SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

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by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

“Jamais en vain, toujours en vin.” (“Never in vain, always in wine.’)
-Motto of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

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You may know about Burgundy’s annual Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction held each November. Maybe even about the entire Trois Glorieuses, of which the auction is a part. But did you know about Burgundy’s OTHER famous wine festival – the St. Vincent Tournante?

Celebrated in late January each year, the festival honors the January 22nd feast day of St. Vincent, patron saint of wine.

Originally organized by medieval wine guilds under the Church’s aegis, the event eventually fell into obscurity. However, during the 1930’s, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, or Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin, revived the festival as a means of attracting attention to Burgundy and its wines.

It worked. Today, the event draws thousands of visitors to a carefully choreographed collaboration between the Confrérie, the Church, and local winemaking mutual aid societies. These brotherhoods offer assistance to local vignerons in times of need.

St. Vincent Tournante ‘revolves’ from village to village each year. While the hosting town varies, the ritual remains fixed: a sunrise procession led by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, each brotherhood carrying banners and carved effigies to the Graves of the Fallen (originally honoring those fallen in World War I), then on to Mass, followed by a roast pig dinner and ceremony.

In 2015, Gilly-les-Citeaux | Vouget hosts ‘The Way of the Monks’ St. Vincent Tournante, marking 900 years of Cistercian wine making tradition in Burgundy with a walk from the castle of Gilly-les-Citeaux to the Cistercian Abbey of Clos de Vougeot.

Burgundy owes much to these industrious holy men. The monks considered wine making a spiritual endeavor, seeking to reveal God’s voice through soil, fruit, and wine – deeming pinot noir the most expressive conduit.

The Cistercians not only cleared the lands of Clos de Vougeot and other areas in Burgundy, but also tended the vineyards, erected stone fences (clos), and maintained meticulous records. Their records proved the bedrock to Burgundy’s codification of lieu dits and climats, as well as the inspiration for the more intangible concept of  terroir.

It’s no miracle that the monks of Clos de Vougeot turned Burgundy’s limestone into sublime wines. Passion, hard work, and a desire to give voice to the land – these traditions continue today.  St. Vincent Tournante offers a rare opportunity to share in this unique spirit of Burgundy.


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