Dueling Burgundies, like in Deliverance but not quite

Have you seen Deliverance? If you did then you’d probably remember it. It’s one of those movies that leave a mark, a painful, sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful mark. It also makes you scared of ever going to the Southern United States, which is of course just your basic self-preservation instinct kicking-in. I, for one, only cross the Mason-Dixon Line when I really have to.

Anyway, there are two scenes from this movie that stuck with me, the “Squeal piggy, squeal” scene and the banjo scene. The first one is traumatizing (but makes a really argument for not marrying your sister), the second one is perfect. It’s just the right amount of tragic foreshadowing that at the same time tries to bring some levity to the whole story. Here is a link to the scene.

At a family dinner earlier in the week, two bottles of Burgundy were opened, both red, both from a “lesser” level of AOC, both supposedly past their primes in terms of age. My mind immediately jumped to the dueling banjos scene as we drank the two bottles.


One was a Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2008 from Naudin-Ferrand and the other was a Ladoix 2006 from Capitain-Gagnerot, both from the Cote de Beaune, both made from Pinot Noir only, one from a sub-regional level AOC, the other from a Village AOC. And like with the banjos in the video, they played the same partition with slightly different tones.

Hautes cotes de beaune

Both wines were light in body with medium high acidity and medium length finish. Where they differed though was in the proportion of fruity and gamey notes. The Hautes-Cotes showed the classic red fruit aromas of Burgundy with some gamey, sous-bois undertones.  On the other side, the Ladoix was showcasing the gamey side with raspberries and red fruits taking a backseat but bringing some freshness to the finish. It was interesting going from one to the other during the dinner.

It was also a good reminder that even supposedly lesser level wines can have something to show, even if it’s unexpected. To be honest, I was worried when opening the bottles as I thought that 2008 and 2006 for a sub-region and village AOC respectively and they were both fine. This goes to show two things:

1) You can never tell before opening the bottle (although you can have reasonable doubts)

2) I’m like Jon Snow, I know nothing.

This being said, it’s been a long week at work, I’m off to the wine bar.

6 thoughts on “Dueling Burgundies, like in Deliverance but not quite

  1. So true on the fact that it’s impossible to tell before you open a bottle what is awaiting you. I always love it when I am positively surprised, because let’s face it, while I have no clue what will actually await me, I have all sorts of ideas about it in my head…:)

    Great blog, love how much you post on Burgundies. I spent considerable time in Burgundy with my exchange family back in the day (before drinking wine), and have since (luckily!).

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