The Big Baller 2-Pack

Responsibly Farmed
Hidden Gem
Classic in Style

Burgundy x Barolo: The wine for kings and the king of wine.

When the legend in your life has everything he needs, gift him something you can enjoy together and toast to the one who took on fatherhood like a champ and deserves to drink like a king.

This box includes…
(1) 2018 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Mes Favorites’
(1) 2016 Eraldo Borgogno Barolo

+ tips on how to serve and store these timeless gents

Red

$165.00

Domaine Alain Burguet
Alain Burget started Domaine Burguet in the 1970s. Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, he was one of the first growers in the village to farm organically, as well as recognize the importance of cover crop usage, encouraging biodiversity, and beyond. His sons Jean-Luc and Eric officially took over the domaine in 2010 after working alongside their father since 1999. The Burguet house style is a rich and voluptuous one, with Pinot picked as late as possible to ensure maximum ripeness. The Burguets are frequently among the last to harvest, often 7-10 days after their neighbors. They credit Burgundy’s cool autumn nights and the organic health of their vines with their ability to maintain acidity in the wines. Grapes are sorted in the vineyard and then again on a sorting table in the winery. Everything is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts, then aged for a lengthy 16-20 months in barrel before bottling. The brothers carry on their father’s legacy of wines that are clean and natural, produced with very little sulfur dioxide, and are expressive of their terroirs.

Eraldo Borgogno
For over 5 generations the Borgogno family managed a restaurant in the center of Barolo. They also had some land and vineyards they vinified exclusively for the restaurant. In the 1980s, the restaurant closed and part of the vineyard was sold, with the exception of Vignane, which they rented. In 2015, at the age of 70, Riccardo Borgogno kicked his renters to the curb and started cultivating his vines once more. With the help of his cousin, Federico Scarzello, Riccardo started vinifying his Barolo Vignane again after almost 40 years.

The Vignane cru is situated beautifully between Cannubi and Bussia in the heart of the traditional Barolo zone. The vineyard is farming organically and is certified sustainable. Wines from the Vignane cru are known for their purity of fruit, expressive aromatics and soft tannins. Riccardo Borgogno only produces 300 cases annually and we feel very lucky to be able to share his wines with you.

BURGUNDY, FRANCE
Burgundy, AKA “Bourgogne,” is a small, historical region in east-central France that covers a wide area with ranging climates. The large number of producers and appellations within Burgundy can make the region seem complicated even to a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. At it’s essence, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world with an influence that is huge in the world of vino. Burgundy winemakers were the pioneers for premium Chardonnay production and continue to provide a benchmark of excellence in viticulture and winemaking for all of their varieties. A vineyard’s location is extremely important here. The location will determine their quality level within the Burgundy appellation hierarchy. The highest-quality vineyards will generally have a south or east facing exposure providing the most access to sunlight and offering protection from westerly winds. These wines may be listed as premier cru or grand cru on the bottle label. Soils in Burgundy can vary depending on the area, but you’ll find many of them are rich in limestone. Pinot Noir is grown throughout the entire region and accounts for a third of the total vineyard area. Although a wide range of winemaking techniques are used varying by producer, a classic “Burgundian” Pinot Noir has red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into earth, game, and mushroom as the wine matures. These wines, as well as Chardonnay, can age for many years if stored properly. Other grape varieties include the red grape Gamay, famous to the Beaujolais region, and the white grape Aligoté. There are many smaller appellations within Burgundy, just like Bordeaux and other regions in France. These appellations include Chablis, the Côte d’Or, the Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais. Each of these areas house many respected and highly-regarded villages and vineyards.

BAROLO, PIEDMONT, ITALY
You’ll often hear Barolo associated with some of Italy’s greatest wines. This is because the vineyards located in Piedmont are grown at high altitudes with south-facing slopes (towards the sunlight) allowing the grapes to ripen slow and steady. Barolo’s are infamous for being the biggest and boldest of the black variety Nebbiolo and have aromas of perfumed aromas, sour cherries, herbs, and floral characteristics. In the best years, Barolo will develop high acidity and high tannin with a full body and the potential to continue to develop its characteristics within the bottle. Many Barolo’s will actually benefit in complexity and structure from further bottle aging. These wines can be sourced from different villages or purely from one village, which would then be stated on the label. The best wines here will come from a single-named vineyard or “cru.” In Barolo DOCG, the primary designated area, the wine must be made entirely from the Nebbiolo grape, spend 18 months in oak, and aged for three years before release.