Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine+Winner of the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Viticulture Examination. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Food Arts+Sommelier Journal+Beverage Media+others. Educator at SideTour+Astor Center. Incorrigible traveler!

Burgundy: 6 Villages You've Probably Not Heard of and Why They Should be in Your Glass

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Château de l'Abbaye de Saint-Ferme Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur (2005)
Comments: A nicely aging rouge from a ripe vintage, this Épineuil boasts amplified aromas: winemaker Dominique Gruhier always uses a significant portion of whole clusters during vinification. Blackberry and black cherry fruits are sprinkled with tart cranberry undertones. Fine but moderately firm tannins structure the innate succulence of this cuvée. PS If you happen to find recent vintages from Olivier Savary, Domaine du Val Grevin or Domaine de Marsoif, do snap them up!
Previously available for $12.99
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2 Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay 'L'Ancestrale Rouge (2010)
Comments: Mineral, floral and exubertantly youthful, l’Ancestrale shows lighter fruit flavors of yellow plum and red raspberry. The wine’s nervous acidity and slightly coarse tannins make the palate feel tight-knit, but this is balanced nicely with a lovely vinosity. Spice undertones appear on the short-plus finish. Produced from vines averaging 80 years in age.
Previously available for $85.00
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3 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc Premier Cru Sous Fretille Beaune (2008)
Comments: Sous Frétille comes in white and red, but only the blanc can be Premier Cru. Fresh squeezed lemon and lime mingle with pink grapefruit pulp on the nose. Hay and blanched almond join on the palate. The core is simultaneously solid yet plump, and the vivacious acidity carries the mineral-driven palate to a fruit-focused medium finish.
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4 Deuxmontille Soeur-Frère Saint-Romain (2008)
Comments: First and foremost, this wine is pure, mineral and taut…firmly corseted by vivacious acidity. The aromas include ripe white peach and fleshy melon with bamboo and fresh mushroom. This wine shows a particularly powerful energy considering its provenance. Produced from vines averaging 30 years of age in Les Jarrons and Sous Roches.
Average price: $80.69 from 11 stores
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5 Domaine Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin En Remilly Chardonnay Burgundy (2008)
Comments: En Remilly is, in my view, the ultimate expression of Saint-Aubin. I’ll take it over many Puligny-Montrachets any day. Lamy’s wine explodes with peony and acacia, preserved lemon and ripe peach. Bracing acidity structures the round and mid-weight palate.
Previously available for $61.99
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6 Clos Salomon Givry Premier Cru Clos Salomon (2009)
Comments: Overt pastis and kirsch liqueur aromas figure prominently on the nose with freshly turned earth lurking underneath. Seemingly polished on the nose, the lightly chunky tannins show this bottling is a few wipes short of being perfectly polished, which lends additional charm and authenticity.
Previously available for $34.99
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