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 good years it is a lovely wine, in great years it is amazing and cheap. Lots of red and blue fruits with a firm tannins and a long floral finish. This wine is very well balanced and supple.
Burgundy – 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.
Pinot Noir – 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.
2006 – a good year for Burgundy and this Village level wine will just be hitting its drinking window.