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Thierry Violot Guillemard Bourgogne Rouge Les Maison Dieu 2012


Powerful but refined Bourgogne Rouge.

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A bit of grunt under the hood! There is some ripe cherry and plum fruits initially, this is very fragrant with violets, lavender and black stones. The palate is plush but surprisingly restrained compared to the nose. Good length with mineral and meaty savoury notes. Drink over the next 7 years. Serve with Comte and traditionally baguettes.

An organic producer in Pommard. The team tend 6 hectare over 18 plots including their ‘monopool’ Derrière Saint-Jean 1er Cru which is a tiny plot of old vines in the same ground as their winery and BnB (next to the pool). The style here is red fruits and assertive tannins. Their wines are beautifully crafted and dry finishing.  Pommard Epenots Premier Cru is the star here for all its power and intensity and mid-palate flesh, with the Pommard Village being mighty impressive with a few years under its belt too.


The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is 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.


The muscular wines of the Cote de Beaune. They tend towards Gevrey weight and density but without as much tannin. There are some seriously good Pinots coming out of here.

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.


Horrible weather conditions and yet the reds are outstanding. Whites fared well too being good to very good.

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