Burgundy in July

Burgundy wine at the bistro

Enjoy French Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the famous Burgundy region this month.

In addition to our wine list, we are showcasing a hand-picked selection of beautiful Burgundies from our favourite French wine houses such as Faiveley, Drouhin, Esmonin and Salomon. We are featuring a variety throughout the month so just ask about our Burgundies on your next visit.  Santé!

Basics on Burgundy

Burgundy wine (Bourgogne or vin de Bourgogne) is wine made in the Burgundy region in eastern France, in the valleys and slopes west of the Saône River, a tributary of the Rhône. The most famous wines produced here—those commonly referred to as “Burgundies”—are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes.

Winemaking goes back to the Romans in the 1st century AD but it was the Catholic monks that really established the vineyards in the Middle Ages growing grapes for the church and the aristocratic Dukes of Burgundy. The French Revolution gave the land back to the people who, today, pride themselves on their attachment to the land. So much so that many are practicing sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic viticulture and winemaking in ever increasing numbers.- WineFolly



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Barrels of fun with Urlar Estate

Urlar Estate is a fabulous winery based in Gladstone, Wairarapa. They produce single vineyard wines and stick to the principals of biodyamic and organic wine production and the result is beautiful, clean, hand crafted wines.

This month we’re show casing their 2012 Pinot Noir, 2012 Pinot Gris and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, we like the Pinot Noir so much we have a barrel of it behind the bar!

2013 Sauv Blanc is $11.00 a glass and $45.00 a bottle

2012 Pinot Gris is $64.00 a bottle

2012 Pinot Noir is $14.50 a glass and $54.00 a bottle

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Wine Critic Raymond Chan’s reveiws of Urlar’s pinots

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2012 – 4 stars

Fruit hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. and 1.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 12 months in oak, the wine undergoing batonnage.  Full straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues.  The nose is full and broad with solid and deep aromas of yellow stonefruits with minerally lees elements and nutty, barrel nuances, unfolding complexing layers of pear and honeysuckle with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, softly concentrated and well-packed flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits are melded with minerals, smoke and nutty elements.  The mouthfeel is rounded from the barrel-ferment, with some phenolic textures forming a dry palate line.  The palate flows with good drive to a weighty and dry, grainy, lingering finish.  This is a medium-bodied, dry Pinot Gris with complex, savoury stonefruit, mineral and nutty funkiness.  Serve with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years.  Certified BioGro organic.  17.5+/20

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2012 – 4 stars

Light ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on rim.  The bouquet is fresh and elegantly proportioned with moderately concentrated, aromatic and vibrant red berry fruit and red florals, along with herb and stalk nuances.  Some pepper and oak detail unfolds in the glass.  Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and juicy red berry fruit flavours mingle with sweet floral and herbal elements.  The palate opens to show some oak toast and smoke hints, unfolding from the fine core.  The tannins are fine-grained, and balanced acidity adds to the energy and linear flow, carrying the fruit-focussed flavours to a lively and juicy finish with noticeable acidity.  This is a fresh and vibrant, sweet-fruited, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with some herb notes.  Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4+ years.  Hand-picked fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in 25% new French oak.  Certified BioGro organic.  17.5+/20

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Feature Wine Nautilus Estate

Nautilus is family owned and operated winery in Marlborough. At the Bistro, we enjoy their consistent quality, vintage to vintage. For the month of September, we’re showcasing Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Method Traditionalle and Pinot Noir 2011.

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