The Music of Wine

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The Music of Wine

I often think of wines in musical terms—and vice versa. And that got me wondering, can synergies with music make a wine in the glass better and add something extra to the music on the sound system?

Sipping a wine that complements the music can do the same as a happy wine-and-food match. It can improve both sides of the equation.

I can thank the late Burgundy vigneron Vincent Leflaive for setting me on this path. I like to tell the story of how, on my first visit to Burgundy in the 1980s, tasting through barrels of Leflaive's incomparable white Burgundies in his cellar, he taught me something about the music of wine. When we got to a comparison of two vineyards, both in Puligny-Montrachet, he explained, "Les Pucelles is Mozart and Bâtard-Montrachet is Beethoven."

As a music lover, I knew exactly what he meant. Les Pucelles, a premier crusite, travels in charm and prettiness within a classical structure: Mozart. Chevalier-Montrachet, a grand cru, generally makes nobler wines, adding muscle and vigor to the mix of characteristics: Beethoven.


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