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Sat, 24 Sep 2011
CFPPA: Oddyssey in Burgundy
I wanted to blog about this earlier in the week, but
never seemed to have time some how.
Some interesting parts, and some not so interesting
parts. A highlight was a visit to Domaine Confuron
near Nuits-Saint-George -- some excellent barrel samples,
and a taste of a 1993 Vosne-Romanee 1er cru.
Not so good was a trip to the Imaginarium in Nuits-Saint-George --
some really interesting old winery and vineyard tools on
display, but the sound and light display was not very well
done (though unintentionally funny...) and detracted somewhat
from the whole thing. It would have been nicer to just be able
to look at their collection at your own leisure. But then, maybe
that would be boring for people who aren't winemakers?
Another highlight was a visit to Remoissenet, where I had worked.
Again, we got to try some older wines as well as barrel samples.
Older wines included a 1997 Nuits-Saint-George and a 1967 Volnay
1er cru (still very much alive, and surprisingly fruity...). Barrel
samples included 2010 Montrachet and 2010 Clos Vougeot... so can't
complain there either.
Fellow students were mostly Australian & NZ winemakers and viticulturalists
(plus one from Chile, one from California and one from Washington).
It seemed that I was the only one not currently working in the
industry, which was a bit intimidating at times. I kept telling
myself that I'll be working in the wine "industry" one day (I don't really
like to think of it as an industry... great wines aren't made in
an industrial manner).
Well, it was a good week and I'm sad it's over. But, next stop
is the Jura. I have a couple of appointments with wineries already
lined up, and can't wait to get there!
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