Domaine de la Vougeraie have been a favourite Burgundy producer of mine, especially at the value end of the scale. Their Bourgogne Rouge is out of this world good for the price. They tend to make dense, silky and aromatic Burgundy that is so well balanced you want to drinking it young. But they do age for the short to mid term too.
Les Evocelles is a Lieu dit on the ‘wrong side’ of the main road. In a great year like 2005 it is an unmissable bargain. Lots of red and blue fruits with a firm tannins and a long floral finish. Well balanced and supple with just a hint of development.
Open a few hours before service. Do not decant unless there are off flavours evident in the bottle. There will be fine sediment so careful pouring or decanting just before service would be fine. Serve at cellar temperature 16 degrees.
Classic dishes like Beef Bourguignon, Coq au Vin, Confit duck will all work well. I’m quite a fan of mushrooms and mature Pinot Noir.
Essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
A great vintage for most of France, you’ll never drink enough 2005 Burgundy. The 2005 conditions did stand over terroir to an extent, but they are still delicious and are still improving.