La Paulee de New York — and Daniel Johnnes on trends

johnnesLa Paulée de New York is coming next week. It has spread to include some pretty incredible events from Wednesday to Saturday, ranging from $75 – $4,750. Daniel Johnnes described it to me as an “uncontrolled, unplugged, unleashed expression of Burgundy.” I wrote a detailed piece about it over on Wine-Searcher.

One part that couldn’t make it into the story was a comment Johnnes made regarding whether Burgundy Burgundy as the wine of the moment. He said that sommeliers love Burgundy and that the wines are really on a tear. “There’s more great Burgundy being made today than ever before,” he said.

“I Kind of worry about trends. If thing are trends, then trends end. It’s important to promote with young sommeliers and keep it really healthy and strong. I want to do my best to keep it that way and fight hard to dispel an elitist image. If it develops that image, it will go the way of Bordeaux. That’s the perception of Bordeaux. I would hate for people to start talking that way about Burgundy–never visiting the region or not even wanting to or thinking that it’s for rich people. Burgundians make the human connection easier: they’re in the vineyards, on the tractors and in the cellars.”

Check out my story on wine-searcher.

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3 Responses to “La Paulee de New York — and Daniel Johnnes on trends”

  1. So according to this distingished gentleman everything is fine with Burgundy. That’s not really the case. No real need to go into the Pre-mox problem again/further. But they have worked pretty hard to create an image of elitist wines that are overpriced and underperform at far too great a rate. And I like Burgundy. Articles like this keep the train moving, but are not doing any favors to the wine world.

  2. His comments about wanting to dispel an elitist image of Burgundy are in direct contrast to the astronomical prices of his La Paulee event.

  3. Burgundy is one of the worst values in the wine world. “Thinking it’s for rich people”, can’t imagine why anyone would think that.


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