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Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Robin Garr » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:29 am

Tying in with this month's Wine Focus on the large Burgundy negoçiant Louis Jadot and its wines, our CompuServe/Netscape poll this week asks for your favorite negoçiant. The ballot includes major players Jadot, Bouchard, Joseph Drouhin, Louis Latour and Mommessin, and of course the write-in option for other choices.

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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Dale Williams » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:04 am

I voted Jadot because it was a Tuesday, but would have voted Drouhin on a Wed. :)
Seriously, that was a tough one. I definitely would choose Drouhin as my favorite negociant for reds, but I like Jadot's also. I think Jadot's Cote d'Or whites are better for my tastes by a pretty good margin, and that tipped scales for me.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Brian K Miller » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:33 pm

I have too limited experience to really participate, but I thoroughly enjoy Drouhin's Oregon Pinot projects, so....
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Otto » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:46 pm

Drouhin. So elegant and pure and terroiry in the reds. I usually have a difficult time enjoying white Burgundy, but I have also appreciated some of what they do with whites (esp. their Clos des Mouches and Puligny "Folatières"). I have also liked their Bojo Crus quite a bit.

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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Bill Hooper » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:30 am

I voted Bouchard, as long as it's Pere et Fils instead of that other one (Aine). Really only because I think they are unmatched for Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet (by other Negs mind you). and I really like the Beaune Greves L'Enfant. Quality is surely on the rise since that Henriot money got tossed around. A few years ago I wouldn't have touched the wines with Robins lips :lol: !!! It's nice to see a once proud, then guttered estate return to form. Plus, there are not many a Domaine so thouroughly entrenched (literally) in the history of Beaune.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by David M. Bueker » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:11 am

The question is favorite negotiant. I notice that some folks are relying on domaine wines to make their point.

Different situation.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Bill Hooper » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:55 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:The question is favorite negotiant. I notice that some folks are relying on domaine wines to make their point.

Different situation.


If the question is which negociant makes better Village-X or Bourgogne Rouge, then you're right. What sets Drouhin or Bouchard Pere et Fils apart is the fact that they count great terroir among their vast holdings and buying power (in the case of Bouchard that includes all of William Fevre as well.) Which negociant makes the best Village level Gevrey-Chambertin or Meursault? I don't really care.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Jay Miller » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:00 pm

I voted Drouhin (of course) though to some extent it's because I'm much more familiar with their wines. While their domaine wines are almost universally excellent I also enjoy many of their negociant bottlings. Off the top of my head the village Chambolle and their Clos St. Denis are both top notch.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Sam Platt » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:27 pm

In terms of breadth and depth I have to pick Jadot. I have rarely been disappointed by a Jadot wine; red or white, Cru and non-Cru. I can't say I dislike any of the others, though I have limited experience with Mommessin.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Håvard Flatland » Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:41 pm

I was thinking of Nicholas Potel, does he count? Is he big enough? He has some nice village-wines at an reasonable price.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Bill Hooper » Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:56 pm

Alex Gambal would get my pick for small negociant. Verget hits gold sometimes as well.
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Re: Netscape Forum Poll: Favorite large Burgundy negoçiant

by Tim York » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:08 pm

I voted Jadot almost without thinking but then quite a few unlisted others with good quality reputation came to mind -

Potel
Laurent
Faiveley
Chanson
O. Leflaive
Champy
Camille Giroud
Antonin Rodet
Verget
Duboeuf (if Beaujolais may be included)

Chanson has been though a very bad patch in recent decades (there was even some fraud) but under Bollinger's ownership has staged a remarkable recovery and now boasts an excellent as well as wide range. The others are more specialized and sometimes controversial, e.g. Laurent and Verget, but none of their bottles would disgrace demanding tables.
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