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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    3/12/2009, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (BOURDY Chalon) 1928/1929

    Dear Friends,

    The Bourdy train continues with two vintages I didn't think we would see - 1928 and 1929. With so much already said about the legendary ageing capacity of Bourdy, this set of Chateau-Chalon is considered priceless to many European collectors.

    Both examples have been referenced as among the greatest wines produced in the last century but they've been tasted by very few. Certainly 1900 Margaux has its fans but many top collectors in France would place pre-1930 vintages of Chëteau-Chalon on an even higher plane. I can safely say wine like this will never be made again and hasn't since the 1930's - WWII took its toll on everything in Europe (including wine production) and techniques were slightly different when the world emerged post 1945. If you are counting pure ageing capacity, Chëteau-Chalon has few rivals among the greatest dry wines of the world.

    Only a handful of original bottles remain of each vintage, never moved from the catacombs of Bourdy.

    We can personally thank Jean-Franìois Bourdy for this allocation, we weren't expecting either vintage:

    1928 Caves Bourdy Chëteau-Chalon (Savagnin) Jura
    Considered by sommeliers as one of the 3 greatest vintages of the 20th century. For Jean Franìois, superior to the legendary and famous 1947 Chalon; his father agrees. A huge example of Chalon with a late-harvest impression (although dry) that has really never been duplicated. The 1928 and 1947 share much in common.

    1929 Caves Bourdy Chëteau-Chalon (Savagnin) Jura
    Franìois Audouze: "1929 is lightly orangey in color. True nose of Chëteau-Chalon. Magnificent in the mouth, pure, exceptional - it is perfect"

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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