Merivale over the past few years has been putting on a week long Burgundy celebration every May. It’s a fantastic idea and a very easy way to bring people together to drink, discuss and applaud what many of us would call the best wine region on earth.
The week of celebrations culminates with a Gala Dinner at Est. for 70 people or so. It’s a BYO event, inviting guests to dig deep into their cellar and bring along something quite special. The night didn’t disappoint.
Dad and I went in with a bottle each: a Raveneau Monts Mains 1er 2006 and a Pacalet Rouchotte Chambertin Grand Cru 2009. The Raveneau was singing with saline and mineral notes and still lots of life in it. The Pacalet seemed a bit grumpy to be disturbed at such a young age and was really crying out for another decade in the cellar.
The event is all about sharing and due to the generosity of those in the room, you really do get a good look at some fantastic wines. These are wines that you may never see again and wines that will remain in the memory for years to come. Highlights for me included Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er 2009, Domaine de la Romanee Conti Grands Echezeaux 2002, Lucien le Moine Puligy Montrachet Champ Gain 1er 2014, Blain Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet la Boudriotte 1er 2010 and Prieure Roch Vosne Romanee Les Clous 2008. But the winner of the evening (although others thought differently) was a 1969 Faiveley Morey Saint Denis Les Genevrieres. It’s the oldest Burgundy ive ever had and the aromatics were incredible. You could really sit there smelling it all night if you didn’t have other wines to taste!
I could rattle of other bottles drunk but you get the idea. A wonderful evening. Full credit to Franck Moreau of Merivale for organising such an event. And by the way, the event is not only for the wine trade. The public are more than welcome to buy tickets and come along. Keep it in mind for next year…