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One of my birthday rituals is driving up the Jersey Turnpike to Rutherford, best known for being the home of Giants Stadium. Readers of the Wine Spectator may recognize the name as the location of the restaurant Park and Orchard, a long standing Grand Award winner. The restaurant annually sends me a 20% off gift certificate that I can use the month of my birthday. This enticement is more than enough to get me on the phone to book a reservation. Park and Orchard is more or less a diner that happens to have one of the country’s great Burgundy lists. The wine list is also exceptionally affordable, with many items still marked at their original prices. Surprisingly, the menu at Park and Orchard is not wine friendly. The menu shows influences from Asian to Mexico to Italy, none of which pair well with Burgundy. Playing it safe, I ordered an appetizer of stuffed mushrooms and a strip steak cooked rare for the main course. The steak was served with twice cooked potato and mashed sweet potatoes. Yes, very bizarre.

The extensive wine list is available on line (see below) and I spent hours researching a selection. There are many great, expense wines on the list, but I tend to focus on the reasonably priced, hidden gems. I ordered a 1988 Denis Chevillon, Nuits-Saint-Georges, 1er cru, Les Chaignots. The reds from 1988 can be a very spotty, but the few wines that I have tasted from the vintage have been excellent. Light ruby in color and slightly browning on the rim, the wine appeared to be in excellent condition. The cork was firm and moist. Initially, the wine was bright and firm on the palate and an orange peel flavor was strongly present. After an hour, however, the wine became sweeter in the mouth and developed a rounder texture. Chaignots is located on the northern side of Nuits, near Vosne-Romanee, and this wine showed a resemblance to those of that neighboring village. The tannins suddenly melted away, and revealed an elegant, pure wine. This bottle appeared to be the product of an old school approach to winemaking and I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. I have not been able to find any other record of wines bottled under the Denis Chevillon label, but I suspect that this wine is the same as the Chaignots labeled Robert Chevillon. The design of the label was identical to Robert Chevillon and the importer was also Kermit Lynch. Denis Chevillon is one the two brother’s currently in charge of the domaine. Hopefully, I will be able to find an answer to this mystery. By the way, after my 20% discount, the bottle coast $80.

 


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11/07/2014 01:00

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