The domaine Bruno Claire, at Marsannay, has been producing elegant Burgundy wines since more than three decades ago. Wines such as its Gecrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 1999, that we will be talking about today.
Here we are, with the posthumous portrait of two Burgundy wines from Henri Boillot in his 2005 vintage. A red, Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets, and a white, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchere. Both of them showing a modern style but keeping the region’s identity.
It has been almost one year and a half since our last update. We would like to contribute again soon. In the meantime, here you are a compilation of my contributions to http://www.elmundovino.com, some of them co-authored by Rafa Luque, and most of them with the help of some of the most recognised experts in traditional andalusian wines such as Eduardo Ojeda, Jesús Barquín, and Álvaro Girón to mention just the most prolific ones. Sadly, the articles are just in Spanish. Enjoy them!
The Roulots have been producing fine wines in Mersault since the first half of the XIX century. However, it was not until the end of the World War I that the domaine, managed by Guy’s father, Paul Roulot, begun to re-plant vines and acquire new land. Then it was Guy itself who further expanded the domain vineyard and winery. After his early dead in 1982, and after a seven-year period of technical management by the american oenologist Ted Lemon first (until 1984) and Franck Grux (until 1988), Jean-Marc Roulot came back to the family domaine. He has taken the domain prestige to its current levels.
This is the second wine in a row from this village of reference, same vintage, after the Regis Forey one. In this case the producer is the Domaine Robert Arnoux that, since 1990, is managed by Pascal Lachaux, son-in-law of the later Robert Arnoux. The domain has belonged to the Arnoux family for five generations. During this time they have gather parcels in so famous curs as Romanée-St-Vivant (35a), Clos de Vougeot (43a), Echezeaux (95a) y Suchots (0.5a) in Vosne, and some other premier cru in Vosne y Nuits-St-Georges, up to a total of 12ha. One of the main virtues of this domain is that most of the vines they harvest are quite old. Because of this, and because of the viticultural practices, yields are kept low here.
Due to the concentration of great crus, names such as Romané-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, La Romanee, Crox-Parantoux, or Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Vosne-Romanee is considered by many the best place on Earth to produce Pinot-Noir wines. It is also said that there is no common wine in Vosne, something hard to believe. However, is it true that there are affordable wines that delivers high quality and some of the beautiful style that the area is capable of. We talk about wines of elegance and richness at the same time, aristocratic. Do they have everything?
The neighbour towns of Puligny and Chassagne share the most famous white wine vineyard in the world, Le Montrachet. White burgundy just at its best. Model of elegance, concentration, and complexity. Puligny wines are said to mirror this style, each one with its own differences and personality. There are many great crus in the village, both grand and premier cru. Among the later, Les Pucelles has a really good reputation. It is located northeast from Le Montrachet, side by side with Batard-Montrachet, another famous grand cru. A total of 5.13ha where Domaine Leflaive is the main owner. Its orientation is southwest. The soil is similar to that of the grand crus, mainly limestone, with some clay (more than in Le Montrachet or Batard), good drainage capabilities and good inclination.