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 Sigaut

Hervé and Anne Sigaut run this 7 hectare domaine based in Chambolle Musigny where the Sigaut family built its cellars in 1847. Their approach combines the best of tradition, tempered with judicious modernity – some of the vines are worked by horse, others (where the terrain is more appropriate) by tractor; much of the treatment is carried out according to bio-dynamic principles; vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.  Use of new wood is kept to a maximum of 1/3rd.

Sigaut's cellars


2011 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes, Domaine Sigaut
 12 Bottles
Bursting with generous, ripe, dark fruit. Thickly textured, with very well integrated tannins.  

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