white burgundy

Burgundy (White)

We have a friend in the wine trade who will tell you in all seriousness that the world's greatest white wines are made from Riesling in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, and whilst the wines from here are often extraordinary, there can surely be few who would argue that they outclass the great Chardonnays of the Côte de Beaune. The monks of the great medieval monasteries of Cîteaux and Cluny knew a thing or two and it is no accident that, for reds and whites, the finest vineyard sites were in monastic hands until the monasteries were despoiled by the revolutionaries. Some of the Mosel's best sites were also owned by monasteries, but nowhere can this have been so comprehensive as in Burgundy, where the 11th and 12th century monastic movement was so extraordinarily successful.

Today, white wine production is focused mainly on the three famous villages of Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet, with the Grands Crus, apart from the more northerly Corton Charlemagne (and one (Musigny) in the Côte de Nuits), divided between the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. As so often in Burgundy, the most sought after lends its name to the village - hence the profusion of 'double barrelled' village names. However, most producers in the Côte de Beaune make red and white wines - and many villages (Savigny Les Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses for example), while better known for their red wine production, also make very fine whites, which cannot command the prices of their more famous neighbours. The same is true in reverse - reds from Chassagne can be stunning - as produced by Fontaine Gagnard and Gagnard Delagrange.

Jean Rijckaert

After many years making some of the most interesting wines which the Mâconnais has to offer, Jean has found a way of securing his legacy as he approaches retirement.  For the last year, and for one more year to come, he will work alongside Florent Rouve, whom he first met via his involvement with the famous viticultural Lycée de Davayé.  Cuverie and cellar space is being rented from Domaine des Deux Roches in Davayé, and Florent – a great admirer of Jean’s philosophy and techniques – is steadily taking on the Rijckaert mantle.  2013 is the first vintage to be made in the winery in Davayé.  Jean and Florent illustrate how intelligent vineyard management, winemaking and élévage can produce spectacular results from vineyards that more often underperform in the hands of others.



2017 Viré Clessé Les Vercherres Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Rijckaert
 12 Bottles
2018 St Véran En Crêches Vieilles Vignes, Jean Rijckaert
 12 Bottles

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