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Boulder Burgundy Festival: Notes from the Bonneau du Martray dinner at Frasca

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Above: Roast duck breast and leg confit paired with 2001 Bonneau du Martray Corton (rouge), one of the most remarkable pairings of the evening (and thoroughly delicious!).

Food and Wine magazine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle (one of the featured speakers at this year’s festival) joked on the evening of the gathering’s cornerstone event, the Saturday night dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault of Domaine Bonneau du Martray.

“It’s my first time eating at Frasca Food and Wine,” he noted while speaking with the restaurant’s wine director and co-owner Bobby Stuckey, “and tonight it’s not an Italian restaurant but a French one!”

Executive chef and co-owner Lachlan Patterson’s menu is usually devoted to the delights of Italian gastronomy (and Friulian cuisine in particular).

But on the night of Jean-Charles’ visit, he created a Francophone menu especially for the occasion.

Bobby reminded us that before moving to Napa Valley in 2001 to begin cooking at the French Laundry, Lachlan had lived, cooked, and studied in France — honing his skills in some of its most prestigious kitchens — for nearly two years.

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Above: Food and Wine magazine executive wine editor Ray Isle (left) chats with Jean-Charles.

Chef Lachlan’s menu and Bobby’s pairings follow. What an incredible evening!

Boulder Burgundy Festival 2015

Dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière
of Domaine Bonneau du Martray

October 24, 2015

Quatre plats


Boulder Natural Chicken, Black Truffle, Frisée and Cornichon
Bonneau du Martray 2012 Corton-Charlemagne


Petrale Sole, Winter Radish, Parsnip and Tarragon
Bonneau du Martray 2010 Corton-Charlemagne
Bonneau du Martray 2008 Corton-Charlemagne


Roasted Duck Breast, Confit Leg, Robuchon Potato and Mushroom
Bonneau du Martray 2001 Corton Rouge


La Tur
Piedmont, Italy
Bonneau du Martray 2006 Corton-Charlemagne

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Bonneau du Martray seminar and vertical tasting

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As in years past, the cornerstone event of this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival was the seminar and vertical tasting on Sunday morning.

This year the event featured a flight of Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne and the domaine’s legacy winemaker Jean-Charles le Bault.

That’s Jean-Charles (above, far right), with Burgundy authority and importer Paul Wasserman (second from right), Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle (second from left), and Jeremy Parzen (far left), the festival’s blogger and moderator for the panel.

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One of the things that sets the Boulder Burgundy Festival apart from other wine festivals of this size and scope is the caliber of the wine service.

From the polishing of the stemware to the pouring of wines, the volunteer waitstaff from Frasca Food and Wine executed the tasting with seamless, world-class style.

At one point, about 15 minutes before the seminar began, Jean-Charles expressed his disappointment with one of the bottles that had been poured (it wasn’t corked but it wasn’t “showing” as he would have expected, he said). The Frasca team snapped into action and swiftly replaced the glasses and re-poured for the more than 70 guests without missing a beat. By the time the attendees began to enter the conference room at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa, all was right and not a glass was out of place.

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Jean-Charles spoke at length about his family’s history and the role he played at the domaine after his father retired from winemaking.

It’s been under his tenure, he recounted, that the conversion to organic and then later biodynamic farming was set into motion.

He spoke at length about his view that he and his current staff are merely caretakers of a treasure that they must protect and foster for future generations.

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Toward the end of his talk, he waxed poetic when he described Corton-Charlemagne, one of Burgundy’s few Grand Crus that faces west toward the setting sun.

Noting how unusual this is in the panorama of Burgundian grape-growing, he spoke of the beautiful light that bathes the fruit every afternoon.

“It is wine that is made of light,” he said to the rapt wonder of the tasters who had just enjoyed a flight of wines that included the 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, and 13 Corton-Charlemagne by Bonneau du Martray.

It was one of the most magical moments of the weekend and one of the things that makes the Boulder Burgundy Festival such a memorable experience.

The Boulder Burgundy Festival adds two new causes this year

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Now in its fifth year, the Boulder Burgundy Festival continues to support locally based charities like the Growe Foundation and the Davis Finney Foundation with proceeds from the gathering.

This year, festival founder Brett Zimmerman has added two new causes: The Family Learning Center and There with Care.

The Family Learning Center “is an inclusive community where children and families of all races and cultures, and from all walks of life, are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.”

Click here to learn more.

There with Care provides “support to hundreds of families being treated at 12 hospitals and medical facilities across Colorado. Through the kindness of volunteers, generosity of business owners and the philanthropy of donors, we have been able to ease many of the burdens of children and families facing critical illness.”

Click here to learn more.

A note of thanks to one of our partners, Audi Boulder

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Above: Among other community-building partnerships, Audi Boulder also sponsors the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Masters Cycling Team.

The organizers of the Boulder Burgundy Festival would like to take time out to thank one our partners, Audi Boulder, one of the event’s official sponsors.

It’s a case of “one local business supporting another,” said the showroom’s Audi brand ambassador, Craig David, “and keeping in step with the uniqueness of what Boulder has to offer.”

Audi Boulder will be providing some of the VIP vehicles for the event and it’s offering tickets and reservations to festival gatherings to its clients.

The partnership is just one of Audi Boulder’s many relationships with local businesses and charity.

Craig asked us to give a shout out to the the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Masters Cycling Team, which raises money and awareness for the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.

From the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center website:

Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) has been a leader in cancer care. We began as a small group practice of six physicians with a new approach to treating cancer—administering chemotherapy on an outpatient basis—and have since developed into Colorado’s largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care with 58 physicians treating patients in 20 community-based locations across the state.