From a stunning Premier Cru site this wine is dense, dark, full of weight with good silk and dry tannins. Showing red fruit and apples with a black stone core. This wine is looking good now and will evolve to become more savoury as time rolls on. Pair with slow cooked rabbit.
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.
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.
Hard growing conditions. The whites and reds are balanced but not as concentrated as a great vintage.