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 Poulleau Père et Fils

This 7.3 hectare domaine with its old cellars in the centre of Volnay was founded by Gaston Poulleau.  Gaston’s son Michel carried on his father’s work, expanding the vineyards when he married Jacqueline, whose family owned vines in Aloxe, Chorey and Corton Charlemagne.  Today it is Michel and Jacqueline’s son Thierry who runs the domaine, with the help of his wife Florence.  This is a classic small Burgundian domaine – owned and run with real dedication by its founding family.

 

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2013 Côte de Beaune Les Mondes Rondes, Domaine Poulleau Père et Fils
 2015-2019
 12 Bottles
£177.50
£243.00
Deep ruby colour. Seductive and ripe Pinot scents. Excellent fruit on the palate, with ripe, well integrated tannins, good balance and lovely length.  

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