PAIRING DOMAINE DUBLERE WITH FOOD

© Alexandria Rae Cubbage, 15 November, 2018

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On Tuesday, 23 October, we joined special guest from Burgundy, Blair Pethel, the proprietor and winemaker behind Domaine Dublère, to co-host with us an in-depth discussion and tasting of his wines thoughtfully paired with the cuisine of Chef Chris Ma and his team at Fish School. 

Blair began the evening by way of background about himself and his philosophy on winemaking. He was a political journalist for twenty-five years and in 1999 decided to take a sabbatical and learn winemaking. Blair apprenticed with several winemakers in Burgundy including Patrice Rion and Jean-Marc Pillot and attended oenology and viticulture studies at Beaune’s Lycée Viticole. The love of wine, Blair explained, comes from his love of food. He didn’t grow up in a wine drinking household, but he did grow up in a home where good food was made and appreciated. He makes his wine always with food in mind. Thus, for the whites, he wants them to have natural acidity and linearity. Then, with the reds, he wants delicacy, nothing big and powerful. In 2003, Blair moved his family to Burgundy, and in 2004 he started making his own wine.

Back in early July, Francois, Linden, Mike, Anthony Hanson MW and I visited Blair at his domaine. It’s located on Chemin des Planchots in Savigny Les Beaune right beside the vineyards where he makes his Savigny-les-Beaune ‘Les Planchots du Nord’. The winery is a converted tractor shed, and a quite tanned Blair greeted us in shorts and a T-shirt, explaining he had just been out on his tractor that morning. From the moment you arrive and meet Blair you can feel his dedication to his craft; he doesn’t just own a winery, he’s involved and passionate about every aspect of the business from working in the vineyards early every morning on his ultra-light weight tractor to working in the winery and thinking about ways to prevent pre-oxidation prone in white Burgundy. He presses his Chardonnay grapes very hard, minimizes the introduction of oxygen during the fermentation process and uses the natural preservative qualities in the lees (using more lees than most), to help protect his wines against premature oxidation.

For the wines, 1/3rd of the fruit comes from vines he owns, 1/3rd comes from vines he leases and 1/3rd is purchased fruit. Blair believes great wine is made in the vineyard, so he is out in his vines every day and even hands on in the vineyards he doesn’t own or lease. He farms the vineyards with respect and care for the environment at the forefront of his practices, so no chemical fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or anti-botrytis treatments are used. All the Domaine Dublère wines are farmed and vinified exactly the same, as Blair wants the expression of the terroir to show through in the wine. He dedicates a lot of time to sorting as he believes healthy grapes are key. Blair does punch downs twice a day by foot and little pumping over. The grapes are 100% de-stemmed. Since 2013, he doesn’t use any new oak barrels for ageing his wines. He uses at least 1 year old barrels. All the wines are aged between 18 to 20 months. Blair uses natural yeast and a low sulphur regimen.

At the dinner in October, the first pair of wines were two 2016 whites from Chassagne-Montrachet: 1er Cru ‘Cuvée de la Gelée Noire’ and 1er Cru ‘Les Chaumées’. Blair described the 2016 vintage as very challenging as he lost a lot of grapes due to frost. Specifically, he didn’t have enough grapes in two of his premier cru Chassagne-Montrachet vineyards to make wine, ‘Les Chenevottes’ and ‘Les Vergers’, so he blended the two and created a special cuvée called ‘Cuvée de la Gelée Noire’ referring to the frost. He hopes he never has to make this cuvée again. While I feel for Blair and the other vignerons who lost so many of their grapes in 2016, the wine they produced is some of my favourite wine since 2010.

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Cuvee de la Gelee Noire' 750 BOTTLE 54 54 650 - HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees' 750 BOTTLE 38 38 650 - HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees' 750 BOTTLE 2 2 650 - SHOP
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 650 - HK-P
2013 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1500 BOTTLE 6 6 2,400 BH90-93 HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 2 2 1,200 BH90-93 HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 OC12 4 48 1,200 BH90-93 HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 2 2 1,200 BH90-93 SHOP
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 6 6 1,200 BH91-94 HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 OC12 8 96 1,200 BH91-94 HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 120 120 1,200 BH91-94 HK-P
2015 Domaine Dublere - Morey St Denis 1er Cru 'Les Blanchards' 750 BOTTLE 48 48 600 BH90-92 HK-P
2015 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Bousselots' 750 BOTTLE 52 52 650 BH89-92 HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Bousselots' 750 BOTTLE 58 58 650 - HK
2014 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges Blanc 1er Cru 'Les Terres Blanches' 750 BOTTLE 52 52 650 BH89-92 HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Savigny les Beaune 'Les Planchots du Nord' 750 BOTTLE 8 8 240 BH87-90 HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Savigny les Beaune 'Les Planchots du Nord' 750 OC12 3 36 240 BH87-90 HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Cuvee de la Gelee Noire'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 54 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
54
Qty of btl
54
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 38 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
38
Qty of btl
38
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees'
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 650 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2016 Domaine Dublere - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Chaumees'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 650 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2013 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,400 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
2,400
Score
BH90-93
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,200 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH90-93
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml OC12 HK HKD 1,200 / BTL 4 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
48
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH90-93
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 1,200 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH90-93
Location
SHOP
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,200 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH91-94
Location
HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml OC12 HK HKD 1,200 / BTL 8 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
96
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH91-94
Location
HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 1,200 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH91-94
Location
HK-P
2015 Domaine Dublere - Morey St Denis 1er Cru 'Les Blanchards'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 600 / BTL 48 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
48
Qty of btl
48
Btl price (HKD)
600
Score
BH90-92
Location
HK-P
2015 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Bousselots'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 52 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
52
Qty of btl
52
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
BH89-92
Location
HK
2016 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Bousselots'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 58 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
58
Qty of btl
58
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Domaine Dublere - Nuits St Georges Blanc 1er Cru 'Les Terres Blanches'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 650 / BTL 52 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
52
Qty of btl
52
Btl price (HKD)
650
Score
BH89-92
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Savigny les Beaune 'Les Planchots du Nord'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 240 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
240
Score
BH87-90
Location
HK
2015 Domaine Dublere - Savigny les Beaune 'Les Planchots du Nord'
750 ml OC12 HK HKD 240 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
240
Score
BH87-90
Location
HK
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