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 Gérard Mouton

The Moutons are in Poncey, one of the small satellite villages of Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise, where Gérard Mouton has now been joined by his son Laurent who has taken over day to day managment of the domaine.  They have 9 hectares of Pinot Noir which include 4 different Premier Cru sites, as well as 1 hectare of Chardonnay.  The wines are aged in oak for 12 to 18 months prior to bottling, and represent some of the finest wines of this appellation, once known for providing the favoured wine of King Henry IV of France.  More information on the domaine can be found on their website:



2011 Givry 1er Cru Clos Jus, Domaine Gérard Mouton
 12 Bottles
Densely concentrated Pinot scents and flavours. Supple tannins and beautifully persistent fruit on the finish. 
2014 Les Fourneaux, Coteaux Bourguignons, Domaine Gérard Mouton
 12 Bottles
Supple and fruit-driven Pinot Noir, this is exceptional value for money.  
2014 Givry 1er Cru Clos Charlé, Domaine Gérard Mouton
 12 Bottles
Deep ruby colour. Intense Pinot scents. Ripe, succulent and wonderfully balanced on the palate. Long, lingering Pinot flavours supported by fine tannins.  

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