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Expert Picks: Domaine Barat and Domaine Henri Boillot

Posted on | April 6, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiIt’s warm! It’s warm! I cannot believe it! The last weekend in March I had to escape the cold and rainy northeast, if just for a few days, so I bolted to visit friends near San Francisco. I relished in being able to drink my coffee outside on the porch in shorts and a t-shirt. I feared coming back east, but as it turns out, those fears were unfounded. We hit the 50’s last week, and this coming week temperatures will hit the 60’s. “Elated” would be an understatement. The excitement surrounding the weather has got me giddy for white Burgundy, so I thought I would show off two that I enjoyed while I was in Cali.

Domaine Barat Chablis 2011 $22.50

Since 2008, our Burgundy buyer has been bringing in the value-centric wines of Domaine Barat. Each year these wines seem to get better and better, and the 2011 Chablis is no different. It offers up pure refreshment; it’s bright, vibrant and shows plenty of zip as it crosses the palate. We only have a couple of cases left; each and every bottle is a great way to start a spring or summer evening. Drink now to 2017.

Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2012 $129.99

Henri Boillot is like royalty in Burgundy. Every opportunity you have to drink one of his wines is an opportunity that you should take advantage of. The 2012 vintage provided rich and complex wines in both red and white. His 1er Cru Perrieres is elegant and layered, and the precision of the vineyard remains intact despite the vintage. Altogether lovely and a highlight to my trip! Drink now to 2024.


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