Last month we took a trip to France and Germany with Martin Connealy and Casey Gruttadauria of Ideal Wine & Spirits to touch base with and taste recent vintages from a number of their fine producers. Thanks to the vagaries of French bed-and-breakfast WiFi, and further delayed by an extended jet lag, we’re just now posting some photos from the trip.
Jean-Marc Burgaud at his winery in Villie-Morgon
An amphora of Pousse D’Or Volnay?
Francois Raquillet in Mercurey
Parize – Givry
Vincent Dureuil – Rully
Sophie Laronze of Terres de Velle at their beautifully renovated winery in Auxey-Duresses
Francois Nicolay at Chandon de Briailles.
Michel Ecard – Savigny-les-Beaune
Elodie Michelot – Nuits-Saint-Georges
Marie-Andree of Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg pouring us tank samples in Volnay. Poor us.
Really, really old bottles at Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg in Volnay
Frederic Gueguen – Chablis
Erich (top) and Johannes (bottom left) Weber at Hofgut Falkenstein in the Saar
One of our favorite fuders at Falkenstein
Johannes made us try the lees at the bottom of the barrel to demonstrate how clean it is. Very healthy, also!
The view of the Piesport vineyards from Spater Veit
Heinz Welter and his son Niklas at Spater Veit in Piesport