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 Jean-Marc Millot

Jean-Marc runs this fine estate with his wife Christine.  They operate out of lovely old cellars in Nuits St Georges and work assiduously to produce pure, soft, mesmerising Burgundies with the accent firmly on the quality of the aromas and the fruit.  The wines are very highly regarded.

Jean Marc Millot


2013 Côte de Nuits Villages Aux Faulques, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot
 12 Bottles
"A markedly earthy nose features notes of red and dark currant. There is better volume and punch to the equally rich and reasonably well-detailed flavors that possess a touch of rusticity on the moderately lingering finish. 86-89" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2014 Côte de Nuits Villages, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot
 12 Bottles
Lovely layered fruit, and supple tannins. Brilliant value for money.  
2018 Côte de Nuits Villages Aux Faulques, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot
 12 Bottles
2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru, Domaine Jean-Marc Millot x 6
 6 Bottles

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