USA Wine Tasting & Dinner
Bailliage of Chicago
Chicago, February 21, 2016
Burgundy mystique
" Honoured guests and regular attendees all agreed that it was an exceptional event! "

Thirty Chicago and Lake Shore Bailliage members participated in a fabulous Société Mondiale du Vin® ( Ed. The Bailliage of USA equivalent of the international Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs – OMGD ) Burgundy wine tasting and a delightful Burgundy-themed dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago.

During the tasting, a stellar line up of eight Burgundies was poured (three white and five red) highlighting differences in terroir, microclimate and vintages.

- Chablis 1er Cru 'Montmains' 2009 - Domaine Jean Marc Brocard
- Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru 'Les Vergelesses' 2009 - Domaine Louis Jadot
- Meursault 1er cru 'Poruzots' 2009 - Antoine Jobard
- Mercurey 1er cru 'Clos du Roy' 2005 - Domaine Faiveley
- Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Argillières' 2005 - Domaine Parent
- Corton Grand Cru 'Pougets' 2007 - Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot
- Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2008 - Domaine Drouhin Laroze
- Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru 'Estournelles Saint-Jacques' 2007 - Domaine Louis Jadot

Our expert guide was Johnson Ho, proprietor of Pantheon Wine Shoppe in Northbrook, Illinois, and an internationally noted Burgundy expert.

His wit, charm and intimate knowledge of the region, its history, culture and, of course, wines turned this first “Mondiale” event in the 50th anniversary year of the Bailliage of Chicago into a memorable affair that was both highly educational and entertaining.

Union League Club Executive Chef Michael Garbin then prepared a special dinner for our group.

Beef consommé
(not seasoned; served as palate cleanser)

Citrus salad
grapefruit, cara cara, blood orange, navel orange, clementine
feta, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil
Domaine Jean Marc Brocard, Chablis Premier Cru, Montmains 2009

Italian Roast Pork
sautéed escarole, warm new potato salad with capers and cornichons
tomato and parsley salad
Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Premier Cru, Clos du Roy 2005

Landmark Creamery Anabasque (sheep milk)
comparison of 3 months’ maturation versus 6 months
frisée and watercress salad
Domaine Louis Jadot, Savigny-les-Beaune ‘Les Vergelesses’ Premier Cru 2009

Blackberry and sun-dried cherry cobbler
streusel topping, vanilla ice cream

Honoured guests and regular attendees all agreed that it was an exceptional event!

Manfred Raiser

Photos by Lorenzo Tassone Photography