red burgundy

Burgundy (Red)

Pinot Noir, grown on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, produces arguably the greatest red wines of the world. It is here more than in any other region that the skill of the traditional merchant is tested - the grand châteaux of Bordeaux with all their size and fame give way to a plethora of small, mainly family owned, domaines where vineyard, cellar and office work is all undertaken by members of the family, with perhaps a handful of employees at certain times of year. Of course there are big firms too - the famous négociants of Beaune and Nuit St Georges (Bouchard Père et Fils and Faiveley for example) - but here too, the greatest wines come from their own vineyards.

Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws, the pattern of vineyard ownership is constantly changing as land passes from generation to generation, and many domaines, though only a few hectares in size, may make as many as 15 or 20 different wines, often in miniscule quantities of a barrel or two. The system of labelling can also appear confusing as the wine takes its name from its appellation rather than (as in Bordeaux) from the producer. So although in the small print, the most important piece of information on a bottle of Burgundy is the name of the producer. In part for this reason, and in part because the wine is made from a single grape variety with therefore no possibility of adjusting blends where the strength of one variety can compensate for the weakness of another, the potential for disappointment is greater than is the case in Bordeaux.

When everything falls into place however, a truly great red Burgundy is a wonderful thing.




Domaine Gagnard Delagrange

Since the death of the wonderful Jacques Gagnard in July 2009, this domaine has been run by his widow Marie-Josèphe (daughter of Edmond Delagrange) and their grandson Marc-Antonin Blain.  Over the last fifteen years or so, most of the vineyards have been handed on to their two daughters (Laurence, married to Richard Fontaine; and Claudine, married to Jean-Marc Blain).  However, the domaine continues to produce outstanding, long-lived wines from the approximately 3 hectares it retains.  These include a 1er Cru red Chassagne from vines planted in 1928, the year of Jacques' birth.

 
Tasting in the Gagnard cellar

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2011 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2014-2020
 12 Bottles
£238.50
£315.00
Layers of red fruit on the palate. 
2012 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2015-2021
 12 Bottles
£287.50
£375.00
Frequently regarded as one of the picks of our list as the wine comes from 1er Cru vines planted in 1928. Very powerful cassis-style fruit. Complex, balanced and long. Delicious. 
2013 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2016-2022
 12 Bottles
£287.50
£375.00
Seriously intense fruit from these old vines, planted in 1928. This is as always outstanding at the price. 
2014 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2017-2023
 12 Bottles
£287.50
£375.00
Invariably one of the outstanding wines of our Burgundy list for its exceptional price/quality ratio. Very dark colour. Ripe, complex and long – superb. 

White

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2007 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2010-2017
 12 Bottles
£308.00
£399.00
Fresh, vibrant and full of minerality. 
2007 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Morgeots, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2010-2018
 12 Bottles
£390.00
£495.00
Very fine and precise, with lots of freshness and delicious white fruit character.  
2010 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Boudriotte, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2013-2019
 12 Bottles
£418.00
£531.00
Intense, citrus fruit and wonderful length of flavour. 
2010 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Morgeots, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2013-2019
 12 Bottles
£418.00
£531.00
Fine, elegant and with lots of minerality. 
2011 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Boudriotte, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2014-2019
 12 Bottles
£418.00
£531.00
Concentrated and with a hint of honey on the finish. 
2013 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Boudriotte, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2016-2021
 12 Bottles
£418.00
£531.00
 
2014 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2016-2020
 12 Bottles
£295.00
£384.00
Lively and fresh, and bursting with mineral character.  
2015 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2017-2021
 12 Bottles
£329.00
£426.00
 
2015 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Morgeots, Domaine Gagnard Delagrange
 2018-2023
 12 Bottles
£429.00
£546.00
 

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