2018 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Mes Favorites’
The most striking thing about this Pinot Noir is how smooth and soft the palate is. This is a very approachable burgundy. It’s ready to drink now, but will continue to age beautifully over the next 10 years.
Practicing organic viticulture, converting to biodynamic, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered and only 2,250 cases produced.
Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Burguet was founded in the 1970s by Alain Burget. He was one of the first growers in the village to farm organically, as well as recognize the importance of cover crop usage, encouraging biodiversity, and beyond. His sons Jean-Luc and Eric officially took over the domaine in 2010, though have worked alongside Alain since 1999.
The Burguet house style is a rich and voluptuous one, with Pinot picked as late as possible so as to ensure maximum ripeness. The Burguets are frequently among the last to harvest, often 7-10 days after their neighbors. They credit Burgundy’s cool autumn nights and the organic health of their vines with their ability to maintain acidity in the wines. Grapes are sorted in the vineyard and then again on a sorting table in the winery. Everything is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts, then aged for a lengthy 16-20 months in barrel before bottling. The brothers carry on their father’s legacy of wines that are clean and natural, produced with very little sulfur dioxide, and are expressive of their terroirs.
“While enjoying the Burguet wines, I’m listening to Frank Sinatra radio on Spotify. Like the famous duo that was Quincy Jones & Frank Sinatra, the Burguet brothers work together in harmony with the vines that they harvest and let the terroir do the talking. The wines are classic, bold, and magnifique.” – Lexi Jones, Importer
Burgundy, AKA “Bourgogne,” is a small, historical region in east-central France that covers a wide area with ranging climates. The large number of producers and appellations within Burgundy can make the region seem complicated even to a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. At it’s essence, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world with an influence that is huge in the world of vino. Burgundy winemakers were the pioneers for premium Chardonnay production and continue to provide a benchmark of excellence in viticulture and winemaking for all of their varieties. A vineyard’s location is extremely important here. The location will determine their quality level within the Burgundy appellation hierarchy. The highest-quality vineyards will generally have a south or east facing exposure providing the most access to sunlight and offering protection from westerly winds. These wines may be listed as premier cru or grand cru on the bottle label. Soils in Burgundy can vary depending on the area, but you’ll find many of them are rich in limestone. Pinot Noir is grown throughout the entire region and accounts for a third of the total vineyard area. Although a wide range of winemaking techniques are used varying by producer, a classic “Burgundian” Pinot Noir has red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into earth, game, and mushroom as the wine matures. These wines, as well as Chardonnay, can age for many years if stored properly. Other grape varieties include the red grape Gamay, famous to the Beaujolais region, and the white grape Aligoté. There are many smaller appellations within Burgundy, just like Bordeaux and other regions in France. These appellations include Chablis, the Côte d’Or, the Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais. Each of these areas house many respected and highly-regarded villages and vineyards.
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner. Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.