(2021) A beautifully fragrant red Burgundy from this family domaine who practice organic agriculture, the grape foot trodden and the wine fermented with wild yeasts before being matured in oak barrels 10 months. It is a beautifully aromatic wine, briar and old roses, a lift of flowers and gently stemmy, hessian character. There's fruit too of course, succulent cherry and plum and great fruit sweetness in the mouth, black fruits, but not at all dense, the fine acidity and the tightly-grained tannins, as well as a little chocolaty weight of the barrels, is really lovely.
(2021) What a lovely wine, tertiary notes of sous bois and incense delicately woven through cherry fruit. From the Savigny and Pommard communes, and aged part in tank and part in 20% new oak barriques, the wood sits lightly but supports the dry cherry and cranberry fruit very nicely, tannins and good acid adding a bit of heft and the finish is spicy, intense and balanced.
(2016) The Chaillots of this vineyard are the 'Cailloux' of the Rhône: similar large, rounded pebbles that give good natural drainage. From the ripe 2014 vintage, Damian Gachot's garnet-hued Pinot is immediately fragrant and elegant, the cherry fruit character joined by plenty of briary, woodlandy Pinosity and a smoothing touch of cedar and smokiness, in an alluring and complex profile. Just delicious and delightful on the palate, the feather-light tannins and crisp and juicy acidity supporting creamy-ripe berry fruit, but always tempered and gentle, the stony, gravelly terroir showing through. Just a lovely Burgundy.
(2012) What an enthralling Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits this is, from a relatively lowly appellation but one of Burgundy's best domaines. The colour is a beautifully pale but vivid garnet, and the nose just sings from the glass with smokiness, truffle and briar-wood, a delicate cherry and rose-hip fragrance and just fabulous perfumed exoticism. On the palate there is no let-up: this has absolutely beautiful fruit, lush and yet refined, with the suede-like tannins, elegant acidity and smoothing coffee touches of oak all perfectly balanced. I'll declare that this wine is imported directly by one of wine-pages' minor sponsors, but that has nothing to do with my enthusiasm for a simply terrific Burgundy.