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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2016 Domaine Thevenet Bourgogne Rouge ‘Le Clos’, Burgundy, France
Regularly $19.99, Special Price $16.99

Cheese: Marcel Petit Comte, Jura, France
Regularly $32.99/lb, Special Price $25.99

This week’s featured is a very affordable Burgundy from the renowned Domaine Thevenet, Bourgogne Rouge Bussieres Les Clos. The Pinot Noir for this wine is found in the village of Bussieres and is sourced from the lieu-dit ‘Les Clos’. The vines are south-facing at 350 feet above sea level on gently sloping hills that are principally composed of clay. The fruit tends to ripen early due to its excellent exposure. Pigeage and remontage are practiced during fermentation. This wine is marked by notes of black, ripe berries, often a touch “sauvage”.

Domaine Thevenet: Jean-Claude Thevenet took control of the family domaine in 1971 from his father Raymond; at this time their holdings were a mere three hectares. Over the decades, Jean-Claude built the domaine to its current size of thirty hectares with vineyards centered on their village of Pierreclos at the heart of the Maconnais. Wines of purity, honesty, fine value were the objective, and indeed, the wines consistently performed at a high level.

Jean-Claude’s three sons (Benjamin, Jonathan and Aurélien, pictured above) grew up dedicated to the family domaine. Jean-Claude passed away in 2008 at the too-young age of 54; but, his three talented and dedicated progeny, all functioning under the rigorous supervision of their mother Helene, have continued the domaine. The vineyard holdings now extend throughout Pierreclos and into the neighboring villages of Serrieres, Prissé, Bussieres and Milly-Lamartine.

 

Comté is one of the most classic of French cheeses. Comté is made in the Jura Mountains from the milk of Montbéliarde and French Simmental cows during spring to autumn. Small groups of dairies give their milk to one of the 150 cheesemaking facilities, and after manufacture, the 80 lb wheels are then passed to one of the 16 affineurs, where the wheels are aged on spruce boards until perfection is reached.

Marcel Petit is one of these premier affineurs, and represents a five-generation family of ageing knowledge. One of their secrets is the old military fort of St. Antoine which is actually buried underground, deep in a forest in the Haut Doubs region, and is the perfect facility for ageing Comté: an ideal temperature, an ideal humidity, and in ideal location.

Comté Excellence from Marcel Petit is aged for 18 months in St. Antoine, and represents just how Comté should be: savory, nutty, buttered toast, smooth, rich and grassy. A classic pairing for Pinot Noir.