By Jay Youmans, Advanced Sommelier, Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator
To truly understand the wines of Bourgogne, you need to fully understand the concept of climats. Climats are defined as precisely delimited plots of land that enjoy specific climatic conditions and certain soil types, which, when combined with human effort and translated through the two great varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, have given rise to distinctive quality wines over time. The notion of “Climat” is the ultimate expression of terroir in Bourgogne. Climats also provide sommeliers with an opportunity to share stories about the people and history of a specific vineyard site.
At SommCon D.C., we will discuss climats such as Fourchaume in Chablis, Le Clos des Mouches in Beaune, Les Pucelles in Puligny-Montrachet, Les Amoureuses in Chambolle-Musigny, and Bâtard-Montrachet in Puligny-Montrachet. In addition, we will taste wines from: Vignes blanches in Pouilly-Fuissé, Rabourcé in Rully, Sous Frétille
In Pernand-Vergelesses, Preuses in Chablis, En Sazenay and les Clos L’Evêque in Mercurey, Rabourcé in Santenay, and Les Cherbaudes in Gevrey-Chambertin. With all these climats, we will have plenty to talk about…see you there!
About Jay Youmans: Jay Youmans has been tasting wine professionally for nearly 30 years. He is the Educational Director and owner of the Capital Wine School, and the owner of Rock Creek Wine Merchants, a sales and marketing consultancy. Jay has served as a wine judge for numerous wine competitions and has contributed to several books and magazines on wine. Over the years, he has conducted hundreds of publics, private, and corporate wine tasting events. Jay is an Advanced Level Sommelier, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), and one of only two Masters of Wine (MW) in the Washington DC area.
Learn more from Jay at SommCon D.C. during the session Everything You Never Dared to Ask About Bourgogne’s Climat. For more information, visit www.sommconusa.com