Bourgogne Rouge

Bourgogne Rouge, the basic regional appellation of Burgundy covers a multitude of qualities, but when it's made just at the edge of village level appellations in the Côte d'Or, by some of the great growers and winemakers, and harvested by hand and made in barrel like a village Gevrey, Vosne, Volnay or Pommard, it can offer outstanding value.


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Domaine François Raquillet

François took over the running of this estate from his father, Jean, in 1984, and records show that the same family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s. With eleven hectares under vine, François has substantially reduced yields, introduced higher quality oak barrels and significantly increased the quality of wines made at this domaine. The 'newly' kitted out cuverie is now in its third vintage with the 2016 harvest and it is clear that in this modernised arena Francois is able to imrove further the purity of expression and silky joy of these brilliant wines. Francois explains he tries to avoid over-extraction at all costs - his one aim is to deliver the beautifully pure fruit profile he gets out of the old vines - this he does with great success. It is a wonderfully transparent style- combined with good mid-palate weight.
2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine François Raquillet

2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine François Raquillet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Rich, sweet nose. All in oak - but no new wood. In palate is broad, but has nice shapely edges too. A good piquancy of acidity. Plum skins and some ripe blackberries - then a touch of leafy crunch Rich, sweet nose. All in oak - but no new wood. In palate is broad, but has nice shapely edges too. A good piquancy of acidity. Plum skins and some ripe blackberries - then a touch of leafy crunch too. Very satisfying Bourgogne Rouge. Value. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Joël Rémy

A family domaine that extends back five generations to 1853, but which Joël has modernised considerably over the past twenty years, installing new fermentation and ageing equipment. Over the years his vinifications have changed, and the wines have a lot more immediacy and precision. The quality of fruit is not in doubt, as lovers of his Bourgogne Rouge from year to year will attest, and a lot of work in the vineyard contributes to this, including leaf-thinning towards the end of the growing season. In the winery he has installed a vibrating sorting table, and the only filtering is by a lens filter at very low pressure to avoid de-naturing the wines. All offer quite striking value. 2016 marks the first year that Joel is joined by both his children in the business with Maxime and Manon now joining their father full-time - and full of energy. Following Joel's recent successes, there is a renewed air of excitement and ambition here.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Pinot Noir Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Pinot Noir Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Just bottled - Whiff of smoke and wood on the nose, then a burst of bright acidity before the dark, ripe, rich blackberry fruit emerges. Some blueberry grip and restraint. Precise, great acidity. All Just bottled - Whiff of smoke and wood on the nose, then a burst of bright acidity before the dark, ripe, rich blackberry fruit emerges. Some blueberry grip and restraint. Precise, great acidity. All in barrel this year and has lost no freshness at all. (Normally half the juice's elevage is done in Inox). Fresh, jolly and well balanced. Another very food Bourgogne Rouge from the Remy family. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyards. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band, as well as being a father of three, one of whom (elder son Adrien) worked at L&S at the end of 2015. Laurent's wines have long been L&S favourites for value in both red and white, and as William Kelley has noted this year, writing about Laurent's top red, the Pommard Rugiens, in Decanter, this 'an address that deserves to be better-known'.
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2016 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Laurent makes this from bought in grapes. Quite a nice feel. Good weight. Not subtle. Not quiet. Quite intense. A note of caramel on the edge. This is richly done. There is some acidity too, but not Laurent makes this from bought in grapes. Quite a nice feel. Good weight. Not subtle. Not quiet. Quite intense. A note of caramel on the edge. This is richly done. There is some acidity too, but not super full of finesse. Good and easy. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

With the exception of 2015 Nico's appallingly bad luck with the weather since 2012 has continued in 2016. After hail (& some frost) caused huge damage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2016 it is the frost that has caused the most appalling damage. For example in 2016 he has just five barrels of 'Village' Volnay, but next year the 'perfect' 2017 vintage has yielded 39 barrels form the same ground. Down to about just 15% of the potential harvest in 2016 - how he keeps smiling is anyone's guess, but that's Nico. For the second year running he could not be happier with his new winery. A fantastic bespoke build, admittedly in a ZI (Zone industrielle) on the outskirts of Beaune which he recognises is not ideal, it is a perfect tool for the job, and does have a good view of all 'his' bit of the Côte - from the roof. As we wrote last year, the wines in this cellar reflect his bounding optimism - they are generous and bouncing with energy.
2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

This from Nico's larger barrels. Impressive, really nice and weighty. Ripe fruit. Satisfyingly ample and mouth-filling. Great texture for a Bourgogne Rouge, but a big boy. Will stay in wood, Having This from Nico's larger barrels. Impressive, really nice and weighty. Ripe fruit. Satisfyingly ample and mouth-filling. Great texture for a Bourgogne Rouge, but a big boy. Will stay in wood, Having longer in barrel than normal, which will only add more joy and mellow this. 250 Hecolitres of this made in 2017 - in 2016, just 29 Hecolitres. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

A top producer for red and white alike. Henri and his son Guillaume have now moved all the vinification and élevage out of Volnay entirely in order to have all the wine in one place (down on the plain in Meursault). Not so 'folklorique', but a better tool to reach even higher quality levels. After six years working alongside Henri, Guillaume has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2013 - Henri's contribution is henceforth entirely on the whites, but one senses this is Guillaume's show now and in 2016 he has created a fantastic vintage, across the board.
2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has a lovely sweet raspberry nose. Generous and soft. The raspberry is also reflected in the palate, but gains a bit more seriousness and structure, alongside darker berries and some easy dark This has a lovely sweet raspberry nose. Generous and soft. The raspberry is also reflected in the palate, but gains a bit more seriousness and structure, alongside darker berries and some easy dark dried petals. Nice weight, not fat, but attractive and complete with a softish feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Huguenot

The Huguenots can trace their history in Marsannay and working in the vines back to 1789. Currently the domaine is run by Philippe. His father Jean-Louis expanded the domaine from five to twenty-two hectares (twelve in Marsannay, six in Fixin, and four in Gevrey) before handing over the reins. Philippe took the bold step of taking all twenty-two hectares into organic production (the conversion was completed in 2010), but immensely sadly he was forced to do a single non-organic treatment in 2016, because of the terrible conditions, so now he is back to square one - another three years to re-qualify for the organic label. When we visited, Philippe was unsure if he would try for the certification again - but for all that is not planning to change the way he works - it is, he assures us, better for him and the environment and and his workers as well as for quality, and the domaine will continue along organic lines. In 2016 these are once again lovely wines which have a lightness of tread and great aromatic purity and length, with more or less structure and weight depending on whether they are from clay or more rock-dominated soils.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Huguenot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good feel. Fresh, but not tart. Pretty fruit. floral too. Nice soft red summer fruits. Acidity is nice and lifts the whole well. A pretty, joyful and bright Bourgogne Rouge. Good feel. Fresh, but not tart. Pretty fruit. floral too. Nice soft red summer fruits. Acidity is nice and lifts the whole well. A pretty, joyful and bright Bourgogne Rouge. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine de la Douaix

Mark and Gilles Moustie are Belgians, huge fans of wine and in particular Burgundy. The family rented a gite for many years in the Hautes Côtes village of Arcenant, straight up the hill to the west of Nuits Saint Georges, and gently graduated from buying wines at domaines up and down the Côte to wanting to make the wine themselves. Eventually they bought some vines and a house with cellars, and set to. Most of their wines are all from vines they own, but they do make a little wine from bought-in fruit to supplement what is still a tiny domaine. Mark is Belgium-based, a management consultant, so it is his son Gilles who is hands-on on a daily basis. Gilles came to show these wines at our 2015 tasting last year and the wines went down a storm, selling to one of the wine writers attending and to a wine professional who wanted five cases each of two of them - in magnums - with good reason, as they showed brilliantly, rich in body and fruit, with supple ripe tannins. The 2016 releases promise to be equally good - if not perhaps even more classic explains Mark on our visit.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

75cl bottles, case of 12

Pungent nose with a strong varnish and herbal element which is certainly characterful but doesn't seem entirely ripe. The balance is correct though, so perhaps this is a deliberate style? Much more Pungent nose with a strong varnish and herbal element which is certainly characterful but doesn't seem entirely ripe. The balance is correct though, so perhaps this is a deliberate style? Much more flavour range than the average Bourgogne, for sure. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)

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Domaine Thierry Mortet

Thierry has only limited volumes of Premier cru and no Grands Crus, so has remained discreetly under the radar despite our best efforts! Three or four days of cold maceration are followed by two weeks of fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), then into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur. Certified organic and in biodynamic conversion, Thierry's wines are fine and precise, tangy and long, never massive, but not unsubstantial all the same.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Charmes de Daix Côte de Nuits Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Charmes de Daix Côte de Nuits Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

From Daix, north of Dijon. As always tasting with Theirry is fascinating. Like his wines he is energetic and precise, putting together an assemblage in the pippette for us to taste. This is elegant, From Daix, north of Dijon. As always tasting with Theirry is fascinating. Like his wines he is energetic and precise, putting together an assemblage in the pippette for us to taste. This is elegant, bright and clean as a whistle. Always brightly acid, but super poised. Just a kick of cranberry and crisp strawberries slowly fill out. Fun and bright Bourgogne Pinot Noir. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Anne Gros

Anne Gros is quietly meticulous and almost obsessive about cleanliness in her cellar, which perhaps is reflected in the delicacy and restrained tension in her wines, which have aromatic clarity, limpid precision, sheer joie de vivre, lively balance and persistence. 2016 is another tiny harvest and will have to be allocated, but as yet we have neither confirmed quantities or prices, so email if you would like to go on the list.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Anne Gros

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Anne Gros

75cl bottles, case of 12

Much more serious feel, a more intense grip than with the Haute Cote. This gets 30% new barrels to help soften the tannins which works well and yet does not blot out the lovely succulent red fruit Much more serious feel, a more intense grip than with the Haute Cote. This gets 30% new barrels to help soften the tannins which works well and yet does not blot out the lovely succulent red fruit that makes up the core here. Not a showy wine, as it still settling post racking, but amazingly this is still super attractive now. A svelte, impressive Bourgogne Rouge. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family even have a strain of Pinot Noir named after them - Pinot Confuron. The domaine has several Grands Crus vineyards as well as the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Suchots, making it one of the very top domaines of the Côte de Nuits. The Confurons have always used whole-bunch fermentation, picking very late. In fact, a bit like the Thévenets with their whites in the Maconnais, they pick so much later that they can seem to have different vintages to everyone else. Yves also makes the wines at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard. Don't miss those either. But also don't think of opening any of them young - these are meant for the long haul.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very Confuron - this is serious, intense and darkly joyous. Juicy black plum fruit a touch of chocolate powder too. Some damson fruit and spice. Some granite. Some chew. Wow - bold Bourgogne, but Very Confuron - this is serious, intense and darkly joyous. Juicy black plum fruit a touch of chocolate powder too. Some damson fruit and spice. Some granite. Some chew. Wow - bold Bourgogne, but good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Thibault Liger-Belair

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. Thibault buys the grapes he picks having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines can be seen as domaine wines in all but name. A couple of new appellations this year, a Corton Clos di Roi, and even a few bottles of Corton Charlemagne.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Les Grands Chaillots Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Les Grands Chaillots Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 12

Peppy and nice. Juicy, grippy - but well shaped. Good bones. Ripe fruit but with just enough crunch. Sophisticated Bourgogne. Peppy and nice. Juicy, grippy - but well shaped. Good bones. Ripe fruit but with just enough crunch. Sophisticated Bourgogne. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

The sisters Marie-Christine and Marie Andrée have been firmly in control of this exceptional domaine for some years now. With one a pharmacist and the other an oenologist, the domaine was always going to be in safe hands as far as the wine-making was concerned and in 2017, Lucie, Marie-Christine's daughter has joined the team officially. These are top-flight burgundies with that elusive balance of enough concentration allied with delicacy of expression and the capability of ageing well. The exciting news here is that Fabrice Vigot is giving up his métayage, so another four hectares of vines, in Bourgogne, Nuits 'village', Vosne and Échezeaux will come back into the management of the domaine and the amount of wine available should increase a little from 2017 vintage. These wines are as good (and as sought-after) as ever.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

75cl bottles, case of 6

Great concentration. You cannot believe this is simply a Bourgogne! Small harvest not because of heavy selection, but because of what nature left on these very old vines. Just 3 barrels this year Great concentration. You cannot believe this is simply a Bourgogne! Small harvest not because of heavy selection, but because of what nature left on these very old vines. Just 3 barrels this year (normally 5 or so) - so no new wood. Otherwise the minimum would be 33% - which is too much for the team here on their Bourgogne. This is seriously good, concentrated and yet incredible finesse. Such fine-grained tannins and just-supple fruit. Brilliant, so sad its like hens' teeth. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Christophe is now the fourth generation of his family producing wine on the estate after his great grandfather Amédée Merme devoted himself to the management and production of wine over 130 years ago. The estate has gone from strength to strength – always keeping the highest standards. Integrated viticulture has been practiced for many years now which has been adapted especially for the terroir. No herbicide or chemical fertilizer is used, instead, Christophe prefers to “stand back and listen to this terroir, only intervening when necessary or when the weather requires it, never systematically.” We still await the offer an allocations from Christophe, so please form an orderly queue - ie send requests and we will deal with them once we know what we have. This is one of the star domaines of the whole of Burgundy.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

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Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Domaine Dugat-Py's wines are far from shy and retiring, but they do require patience to show their best. Old vines, tiny yields, viticulture with minute and constant attention, all lead to a magnificent concentration and purity in the raw material. Without extracting harsh tannins, Bernard and Loïc (Loïc has in fact been in charge of the wine-making since 2012) get an astonishing density into their wines, and the take on the high percentage of new oak quite casually. (The village wines get 55-65% new wood, while the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus are all aged in 100% new barrels. Once again this year we were greeted this year by Loïc, Bernard's charming son who has been working with his father for 11 years, and been in charge of the wine-making for 6 years. The wines are every bit as good as you'd expect from this domaine in this vintage and will be every bit as long-lived too. These wines are in high demand, but even though we effectively sold out last year and will have less this year (the frost has reduced the yields by about 25% in 2016). However, it is still well-worth making requests, especially if buying other wines. Likely to be released in March.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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