Bourgogne calling

Burgundy, France. It’s one of the world’s most famous wine producing regions, yet its mystique lingers on…. But members of the Bangalore Wine Club and the Wine Society of India got a chance to get up close and personal with someone who could help demystify the region, says Ruma Singh. bouchard.jpg

Jacques Dioque, head of Bouchard Aine et Fils, headquartered in the picturesque and historic city of Beaune in Burgundy and visiting India for the first time, introduced some of his wines at an elegant sit down dinner at the Taj Residency, Bangalore on October 5th.

What’s a talk on Burgundy without a little history? After the guests had settled down with an aperitif of chilled Bouvet-Ladubay Brut, Jacques took them on a short audio-visual tour of the region, explaining the complex hierarchies of Grand Crus (32 in Burgundy), Premier Crus, Villages and regional appellations. A little history of Bouchard Aine, established in 1750, also followed. Jacques explained that the founder, Michel Bouchard, was originally a cloth merchant! Guests were also introduced to some famous names from Burgundy – Maconnais, Pouilly Fuisse, Challonnaise, Cote de Beaune, Beaujolais and Cote de Nuits.

bouchard2.jpg The dinner that followed showcased the wines very well – Organic greens with seared snapper went perfectly with a 2006 Chablis by Bouchard Aine, followed by spinach-filled ravioli and roast rack of lamb with pearl onions and red wine sauce with a Beaujolais Les Coteaux 2006 and a Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Vendangeurs. Finally, came a bittersweet chocolate tart.

Pictured above Jacques dioque of Bouchard Aine et Fils explains a point to Vijay Rekhi of UB
Jacques also explained that Burgundy is one of the smallest AOCs – much smaller than Champagne or Bordeaux. But it rates as one of the world’s best, nonetheless!
It certainly was a red-letter day for Bangalore’s wine lovers to get an opportunity to taste, savour and understand wines from one of the world’s best known wine-producing regions.

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