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White Burgundy and Meursault are better than ever with a new generation of winemakers capitalizing on soil diversity to make some of Burgundy’s most exciting white wines. But there is one other important winemaker pointing the way to the future: Jean-Philippe Fichet.
Perhaps this is controversial, but Fichet is perhaps more interested in Meursault than others.
As some of you know, Czech wines are a big part of our store; meaning...we have 7 of them, which is 7 more than the other major stores in New York. The small country started growing lots of cool stuff right after the fall of communism with a large natural scene emerging in the mid-2000s. Being lovers of natural wine, this is where we come in.
Paolo Bea is one of those names that almost that has almost become a secret code in the wine consumers world. Not for the un-savvy shopper. Those who speak about it are normally avid collectors who appreciate great values. And while Paolo Bea is not cheap, for what it can do in the cellar over time, there is literally nothing like it. Speaking personally, I have only tried one older one before from 2001 that was still so young; the tannins hit the brakes on my palate as if I came to a red light with a group of school children crossing the street. It had barely aged a day. The strange thing is that many people still don't know what these wines are capable of, since the amount of pre-2000 that exists in the U.S. is very slim and not many have claimed a taste.