Burgundy is one of the best wine regions in the world. It is also one of the most frustrating. You find a bottle you like, the next vintage comes in, it's not as good. You splurge on something expensive, and it's disappointing. It's a frustrating region for us wine sellers, too. The producers we're used to recommending can have bad vintages, or their prices skyrocket, or they don't come in at all. What keeps us coming back is hope, because when Burgundy is good, it can be the best wine in the world. This summer we have the pleasure to introduce two new producers, both affordable, handcrafted, and organic.
2020 Domaine Gachot-Monot Côtes de Nuits-Villages — $50
Domaine Gachot-Monot was founded in 1890, and has been operated by five consecutive generations. Their holdings are modest, spread across the villages of Corgoloin, Comblanchien, Nuits St. Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, and St. Aubin. But Damien Gachot works all his vineyards as if they were grand cru. Consistently these wines present outstanding value, not just for Burgundy, but for Pinot Noir generally. They are rich, spiced, laden with perfume, and plainly enjoyable. There's a reason this estate has been integral to Kermit Lynch's Burgundy portfolio for over two decades. 11 bottles available.
2019 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Saint Romain — $56
Romain Taupenot is, amazingly, the ninth generation winemaker at Domaine Taupenot-Merme. The history is apparent in the glass—you get the inexplicable feeling that you have drank something perfectly-crafted, an archetype of itself. Lately that feeling has been hard to replicate for less than $100, which is why we were so excited when it first came in. The Saint Romain comes from a plot of 50-60 year old vines, producing a fresh, leafy, but elegant style of wine. A stunning value for less than $60. 10 bottles available.