Vino della Settimana – 2008 Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie, by Domaine Arlaud

In Calgary, Alberta (that’s Canada for those of you who missed most of your geography classes) this week.  And thus my mind was on Canadian (Ice) beer, rather than fine (value) wine.  But then I walked by this place called Home Tasting Room, and thought I should give it a chance.  A restaurant dressed as a winebar, a wine bar camouflaged as a restaurant, you pick.  Anyways, had a comprehensive menu, with local twists on a number of international “dishes”.  And a semi-OK wine list, with a little bit of everything really.  I went for what I saw as a safe bet, and chose a 08 Bourgogne Roncevie from Domaine Arlaud.  To accompany the wine, with the help of the waiter (who in retrospect was much more of a foodie than a vino), we had scallops on cauliflower puree, canadian cured bacon, and anchovie pesto, a plate of the local crudo (including bison!) with mustard sauce, Duck Confit (a bit on the dry side), and a “caprese” with local mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto.  This is not a foodie blog, so I’ll only say that not all of these sample dishes were wine friendly, adding to my notion that this is a restaurant more than a wine bar with food.

Anyways,  the Roncevie has for long been one of those wines toted for being top value and a secret gem of the area.  Hence, our choice of wine for the evening.   The wine is made from a vineyard that is surrounded by Gevrey village vineyards (I guess it should rather be classified as a Gevrey Chambertin village wine), and only a stone’s throw away from grand cru Mazoyeres-Chambertin.

As from 09, wines from Domaine Herve Arlaud are certified organic.  Herve’s daughter, Bertille, uses hand and horse in the vineyards, and her brother, Cyprien, whilst using the most modern of modern winemaking facilities,  intervene only slightly, if at all.

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Allen Meadows says of the 08:  “…nicely energetic and punchy flavors that possess good precision and enough finishing complexity and persistence…Solid for its level. ”

We totally agree, although (even with decanting for half an hour) the wine should really stay a couple of more years in the bottle before opening.  Very floral, fruity, and, for this price level, very long. 

If now the wine was only easier to find.  If you can get your hands on one, we strongly recommend picking it up.  Decant it for a couple of hours, or cellar it for a couple of years, and you should not be disappointed.


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