2018 Domaine Rougeot Bourgogne Rouge ‘Les Vaux’

Responsibly Farmed
Hidden Gem
Classic in Style

This textured Pinot shows classic structure and bright fruit flavors from the whole cluster fermentation. This wine ages in oak barrels for 8-10 months on the fine lees. Produced using organic/biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested fruit, native yeast fermentation, and bottled unfined / unfiltered. 

  • Tasting Notes plum skins, red cherry, sweet violet, limestone minerality
  • Region France, Burgundy
  • Volume 750mL
  • Alcohol Volume 12.5%
  • Table Talk These particular Pinot Noir vines at Rougeot are grown in clay-limestone soils and range from 40-70 years in age.


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Domaine Rougeot | Burgundy, France

Domaine Rougeot has been quietly making impeccable and compelling burgundy since the 1970s. The modern-day stone cellar was originally constructed in the 18th century for the Hospices de Beaune and was purchased by Pierre’s great grandfather nearly a century later. The Domaine was founded in the Meursault village center and the family has 12.5 hectares total, 10.5 of which are in Meursault proper. As of 2010, Pierre-Henri is the eighth generation of Rougeots to be winemakers there.

Pierre-Henri Rougeot is a force to be reckoned with. Prior to taking over his family’s estate, Pierre traveled all over France as a cooperage trying to sell barrels to wineries. Through his travels he met numerous winemakers in the Loire, Beaujolais, etc. that opened his eyes to natural winemaking and the possibilities for his family’s Domaine. All of his experiences have brought a unique influence to the vins natures he now produces. Lexi Jones, our Portfolio Director explains, “What I love most about Pierre-Henri’s wines is their effortless balance between traditional Burgundian technique and the modern style of ‘natural wine’ that we know and love today.” Simply put, these wines have an energy, precision, and balance that you don’t find everyday.

Pierre-Henri’s experience traveling throughout France gives him a unique vision that hews strongly to Burgundian tradition with a soft touch inspired by the vins natures made by his friends in Saumur, Cahors, and beyond.

Today, the Rougeot vineyards are farmed organically, and Pierre-Henri’s no sulfur vinification effortlessly balances a natural wine approach with traditional Burgundian technique to create wines with energy and balance. Each terroir from Aligoté and Passetoutgrain through Premier Crus is bottled as a single-vineyard designate. The wines are energetic, precise, and delicious. It’s simply astounding that the domaine has maintained a quiet profile while producing such compelling wines. It will be even more astounding if that continues.

In the center of Meursault village, in Burgundy, Pierre-Henri Rougeot has been quietly producing impeccable minimal intervention, low-sulfur wines since he returned to the family domaine in 2010. The 18th century stone cellar was originally built for the Hospices de Beaune to press the fruit from the adjacent orchards, and was purchased Pierre-Henri’s great-great-grandfather in the 19th century. Today the orchards have been transformed into an elegant garden and stamp-sized monopole vineyard, and the cellar has been renovated to comfortably hold two vintages from Rougeot’s 13 hectares of vines in and around Meursault.

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

Burgundy is a 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 to the eye. At it’s essence though, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world. 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.