2009 Beaune vs Volnay
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: Reception Wine: 6:00 PM, Formal Tasting: 6:20 PM
Where: Faculty Club, Univ. of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto
Fee: Members’ Fee: $78; Guests’/Non-Members’ Fee: $98
NOTE: All ticket sales are final and we are not able to offer any refunds unless we are sold out and have a waiting list.
The wines you will taste come from Beaune and Volnay, which are but a few miles apart, but because of the geology produce wines of different character. You may expect the vineyards bordering Volnay to give the most Volnay-like, fragrant and ethereal wines. But, the commune boundary marks a soil change, to one which is darker, with more iron, and that makes for an entirely different style – dark, heady and tannic. The finest and most elegant red wines of the Côte de Beaune are grown in Volnay, a village which might be twinned with Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuits, for the high active chalk content in the soil and comparatively low clay content. Whereas in earlier times Volnay was made in a particularly light, early drinking style, these days there are many producers making wines which age extremely well.
Beaune reds are characterized by a smoother roundness and more “immediate” organoleptic qualities. They convey softness and finesse. Will you be able to taste the differences? Which region will you prefer?
Our speaker for the evening is Cyndi Grossman, owner of Mellecey Wine Group which specializes in Burgundy; she has spent a lot of time there while living in Europe.