Jancis Robinson MW and Étienne de Montille join us for this year’s festival!

jancis robinson wine writer

We are thrilled to announce that Master of Wine Jancis Robinson (above) — one of the top wine writers in the world today — will be the keynote speaker of this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival!

Wine critic for the Financial Times, editor of the landmark Oxford Companion to Wine and Wine Grapes (the world’s most comprehensive ampelographic survey), and a “member of the Royal Household Wine Committee” (in other words, a wine buyer for the Queen of England), Jancis is also the editor of Purple Pages, one of the top online resources for tasting notes and wine writing today.

She’s also one of the nicest and down-to-earth people working in wine today. We are overjoyed and over the moon that she will be joining us.

Below please find the tentative schedule for this year’s festival, which will feature the wines of Domaine de Montille and legacy winemaker Étienne de Montille (stay tuned for more coverage of the domaine and winemaker Étienne).

This year’s line up is going to be tough to beat and we expect events to sell-out very swiftly. So please also stay tuned for registration updates.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you this year in Boulder!

Boulder Burg Fest 2016
October 20-23, 2016

please note that events, locations, scheduling,
featured wines and speakers are subject to change

Thursday, October 20
Champagne Kickoff Party — Benefits TBD
Location TBD
5:00-7:30 p.m. 
$75 per ticket

Friday, October 21
“Old and Rare” Burgundy Seminar with Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher, Sean Razee, Carlton McCoy and producer Étienne de Montille — Benefits the Guild of Sommeliers
St. Julien Hotel
1:00-2:00 p.m.
$295 per person, 42 seats available total.

Friday, October 21
Exclusive Burgundy Dinner with food and wine service provided by Aspen’s Little Nell team. Wines TBD — Benefits There with Care
6:00 p.m.
Cost TBD, 65 seats available.

Saturday, October 22
Paulée Inspired Lunch with a team of the country’s top sommeliers and over 50 different Burgundy wines to taste — Benefits Davis Phinney Foundation
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Flagstaff House
$195 per person, includes tax and gratuity.

Saturday, October 22
Burgundy Producer Dinner with Étienne de Montille of Domaine de Montille and Château de Puligny-Montrachet — Benefits the Family Learning Center
Frasca Food and Wine
6:00 p.m.
Cost TBD, 78 seats available

Sunday, October 23
Sit down Chablis Brunch
P.M.G. Restaurant
10:00 a.m.
$75 per person, includes tax and gratuity, 50 seats available

Sunday, October 23
“A tour of Volnay and Pommard” Seminar with Étienne de Montille from Domaine de Montille and Château de Puligny-Montrachet and Special Guest Jancis Robinson, MW
St. Julien Hotel
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost TBD, 80 tickets available

Sunday October 23
Grand Tasting with over 200 featured wines from Burgundy — Benefits the Growe Foundation
St. Julien Hotel
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
$85 per ticket, 200 tickets available

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Boulder Burgundy Festival wine makes New York Times “best of 2015” list

gran cru best burgundy white

You can imagine how thrilled we were to learn last week that a wine poured at the 2015 Boulder Burgundy Festival — at a guided tasting and at the Saturday night dinner — was included in Eric Asimov’s “top wines for 2015” column in the New York Times dining section last week, “A Top 10 Wine List So Good, It Takes 12 Bottles to Hold It.”

Here’s what Eric (one of our favorite wine writers and the nicest guy, btw) had to say about the 2001 Corton-Charlemagne by Bonneau du Martray:

“This bottle of Corton Charlemagne, from the excellent Bonneau du Martray, and from the unexceptional 2001 vintage, was not just sound, but superb and elegant, fresh, floral and precise, with Corton’s characteristic minerality.”

Whether the wines we offer every day at the Boulder Wine Merchant or the wines we feature at the Boulder Burgundy Festival, we always strive to bring you the best wines that are available in the U.S. today.

This year we were so proud to present winemaker Jean-Charles le Bault and the wines of his estate Bonneau du Martray at the festival.

We thought they were pretty fantastic.

And we were glad to learn that America’s favorite wine writer thought so, too!