Tuesday May 26th saw the visit of Mrs. Fabienne Dony and her husband Samuel, the 2nd generation owner of the Domaine Jean-Pierre Dony in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Bourgogne, France (less than 40 km away from my hometown!) for a wine tasting party organised by Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さんat La Sommeliere Wines & Sake Bar in Miyuki-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
A select 18 guests took part in the tasting party!
It was tight fit but the more convivial for it!
The bread used for the party had been freshly baked by Trottix in Kita Ando, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City and included the above buns filled with olives, dry tomatoes and anchovies!
Two types of beautiful baguette!
One type was a Trottix’ regular baguette, the other one prepared with rock salt called Salice de Bearn from France!
Two Cheese from Bourgogne naturally, including a fine Epoisses by Berthaut C. and a Nuits d’Or by Fromagerie Delin, neighbors of the very Domaine jean-Pierre Bony!
We also had a dessert composed of cream cheese and red fruit jam!
The Domaine Jean-Pierre Bony was originally founded in 1963 by Jean-Pierre Bony.
But his early departure from this world in 2001 forced his daughter, a pharmacist by trade, to take over with the help of her husband, a soy bean farmer.
Plenty of questions!
After spending some time researching in Australian wineries where she also mastered her fine English ability, she came back to re-haul her father’s business with a view to create a Nuits-Saint-Georges of a purer quality similar to Chambolle and a definitely feminine touch.
Professor Hirofumi Ando/安藤博文先生 of Shizuoka University was on hand to translate questions, answers and presentation!
It certainly proved quite a challenge raising three daughters and vineyards at the same time!
In 2005, by favoring quality over quantity, she finally started establishing her name.
Available land being very scarce in Nuits-Saint-Georges, instead of overproducing, she opted to buy top-class grapes from neighboring growers to add fine quality wines to the ones she was already producing, including white and rose Cremant de Bourgogne.
Great cheese plate to accompany the wines!
Fabienne is now very busy indeed, what with more than 500 clients to keep happy, and tours in England, Italy, the United States and Japan of course, whose visit was the second this time and the first for her husband!
The wines we tasted on that day!
Bourgogne Rouge, Pinot Noir, 2013, 12.8% alcohol, from grapes grown on 2.03 ha and matured in barrels (10% of them new) for 13 months.It is a blend of their own grapes from a field located on the east side of the road running along Nuits-Saint-Georges and grapes from a field in En La Perriere Noblot, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges-Les-Damodes.
I had little time to delve into a true tasting, what my being busy helping with the translation and what else, but I appreciated this seemingly simple wine for its remarkable bouquet. All the wines tasted on that day were young indeed but everyone knew they would become a bargain by sitting on them for as long as possible!
Vosne-Romanee 2013, 13%, from a field south of Vosne-Ronanee called Aux-Laviolles, 0.03 ha. Only one barrel for 300 bottles is produced. The vineyard is 40 years old. The barrel is always new and the wine is matured for 12 months and bottled non filtered.
It was of course still very young but a lot of promises with a bouquet dominated by cassis and red fruit, a dry and fruity attack with plenty of red fruit.
Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Damodes 2013 (135)
Grown on a 0.85 ha field, it is matured in barrels (40% new) fro 15 months. The Les Damodes field is located against the Vosne-Romanee slope.
A light and easy to drink red wine in spite of its youth with a good body but still discreet bouquet.
Nuits-saint-Georges-Les Damodes 2012 (13%)
Definitely more fruity than the 2013, but still young.
Once again these wines are for keeping for better appreciation.
They marry beautifully with cheese, duck and gibier in particular and enhance sashimi and sushi!
Fabienne busy signing the bottles purchased by the guests.
It was her second trip to Japan, but her first to Shizuoka City, a city that she and her husband found particularly attractive for its laid-back atmosphere and remarkable gastronomy!
I’m sure she and her husband will grace us again with their persons soon!
DOMAINE JEAN-PIERRE BONY, NUITS SAINT-GEORGES, BOURGOGNE, FRANCE
Fabienne Bony, viticultriste, 5 rue de Vosne, 21700, Nuits-Saint-Georges
Tel/Fax: (33) 03-80-61-16-02GSM: (33)06-83-87-39-05
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
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