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 Marc Roy

Alexandrine Roy’s great-grandfather founded this small domaine which has been bottling its production since 1982.   Alexandrine took responsibility for it in 2003.  She coaxes wines of the most exceptional quality from her 4 hectares of village vineyards – sadly the domaine has no 1er or Grand Cru holdings, though from 2011 vintage they have some ‘La Justice’ which is another of Gevrey’s finest village sites (along with Clos Prieur).  Alexandrine brings exceptional passion to her winemaking, and everything is done by hand (or, in the case of pressing, by foot!).  This is a source for wines of the most outstanding purity, very much in the Fourrier style for example.

Domaine Marc Roy label


2013 Gevrey Chambertin La Justice, Domaine Marc Roy x 6
 6 Bottles
"Here the nose mixes hints of dried flowers, earth and spice nuances with red cherry, currant and an herbal tea nuance. There is an even finer mouth feel to the pure, elegant and lilting medium weight flavors that possess a fine bead of minerality on the balanced and lingering finish. This isn't quite as complex or concentrated as the old vines cuvée but it's definitely finer. Note that this should drink well early. 88" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2014 Gevrey Chambertin Cuvée Alexandrine, Domaine Marc Roy
 12 Bottles
"Aromatically this resembles the La Justice but the spice and earth elements are more pronounced. The vibrant, intense and delineated flavors possess a really lovely texture thanks to the fine-grained tannins that shape the saline-inflected, refreshing and balanced finish. As it almost always is this is the class of the range in 2014. 91" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2017 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur, Domaine Marc Roy
 12 Bottles


2015 Marsannay Blanc Les Champs Perdrix, Domaine Marc Roy
 12 Bottles
2016 Marsannay Blanc Les Champs Perdrix, Domaine Marc Roy
 12 Bottles
2017 Marsannay Blanc Les Champs Perdrix, Domaine Marc Roy
 12 Bottles

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