Sacrifice and Burgundy

Sacrifice and Burgundy

Posted on Jan, 04. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

2006 Rene Leclerc, Bourgogne Rouge.
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.]: $25.00 • Inquire about this wine!

I put the chicken on the kitchen counter last night because I knew that I would not have time to let it dry out perfectly this morning. It takes a couple of hours to get it nice and air dried on your counter and your fried chicken just won’t turn out the same if your bird is not properly dried before you begin. On top of that I think the natural air adds flavor. Besides, it was so cold last night the kitchen counter was the perfect place to air dry chicken.

I did this because I knew I would have to make the fried chicken first thing in the morning and it still takes almost an hour to properly fry chicken in a cast iron pan. First the high heat to brown the pieces all over then the low heat and cover to cook it through and keep it from drying out, then back to the high heat to finish and add the proper crunch. Delicious.

This is the sacrifice.

Fried chicken at 8am is not part of my New Years resolution to lose weight. I do this for the Guild and I do it proudly. Because you have to have something to eat with the bottle of wine you must taste again to send out an honest review about. Because when I first flipped out about the wine it was 3 or 4 weeks ago and I needed to be sure before I put my word on the line for this wine. The fried chicken not only helps act as a base (we do not sip and spit a wine we care so much about even in the morning) but it is also a lovely accompaniment to a really good Burgundy.

The wine in question is a wine I put it all on the line for last year in the last vintage. This year it is the 2006 Rene Leclerc, Bourgogne Rouge. You may remember it from last year as my “Gut Burgundy.” Almost a month ago I purchased a mixed case of Burgundies that I typically really enjoy to find a few that I would like for this year. There were two stand outs and the other one I will save for next week. The night I brought this case home Kevin Sidders happened to stop by with Kevin Schultz who had 2 Burgundies in his tasting bag for us to try, we then received a call from John Paul the owner and salesman from Free Run wine distributors. He had a bag full of Oregon Pinot’s that he wanted to stop by and taste us on. I had just made a lareg batch of Duck Confit and Black Eyed Peas so I invited everyone to stay for dinner. We opened a few of my Burgs, tasted from John Paul’s Pinot’s and finished off Kevin Schultz’s Dionysos Burgundies. It was a valiant Pinot tasting and every wine showed delightfully. There will be many Pinot written about in the next week or so from that tasting and if you have any detail questions please let me know.

The stand out for me and for most everyone there for unbelievable QPR (Quality for the Price Ratio) was the 2006 Leclerc Bourgogne Rouge. This wine delivered last year and it does it again with tons of sour black cherry fruit and earthy, meatiness. The wine is completely unfiltered or fined giving it a rustic drinkability, a gulpable quality in the midst of the elegant composure compulsory to it’s breeding. The palate is perfectly medium bodied, it is light and heavy at the same time, great acidity, presence and flavor on the palate and a finish that not only will not quit but just reeks of true Burgundy character throughout. If you are a Burgundy fan at all you will not find a better drinking Burgundy in the USA for a better price. This is perfection for what it is.

When I first tasted it there was plenty of the stuff around. When I geared up to write this e-mail (still with chicken grease on my fingers) I called and found out there are only 10 cases 6 bottles left. Which means only about 8 cases available for the Guild (I needs mine). I have locked them up at the distributor and they are available on a first come first serve basis. I will try to contact those members who flipped about this wine last year so that you do not miss it this year because of slack e-mail checking.

A Burgundy to have!

2006 Rene Leclerc, Bourgogne Rouge.
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.]: $25.00 • Inquire about this wine!

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