Former political journalist Blair Pethel stumbled across Burgundy in the late 1980s. He was living and working in Lordon at the time and decided to work the harvest of 1999; finally moved to Beaune permanentaly with his family in 2003. Blair’s first harvest was 2004 and makes roughly 3,000 cases of bright, mineral and elegant Burgundy white and reds. The fruit comes from both his own vineyards and from fruit purchased from a handful of superb growers. Blair may be an outsider to the region, but he makes wine like a Burgundian. These are not brash, over the top wines. On the contrary, they are subtle, refined and pure with superb terroir clarity. Blair only buys fruit from farmers who allow him to manage the vines himself and grant him complete control of harvest. In Burgundy of all places, respect for the raw material is key.
The following wines are available in Ontario:
Savigny-les-Beaune Villages Les Planchots du Nord
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Bousselots
Bourgogne Les Millerands
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées
Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru