(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.