Burgundy is the most maddening wine area in the world. When you get a great one, it stands as one of the greatest wines you've ever tasted. So, you spend years, even decades searching for that elusive elixir. The appellation is a patchwork of tiny vineyard owners. Some count their "estate" by how many rows they own, not how many acres. So, they sell their grapes to the highest bidder and go back to their real jobs.
Then you have producers like Vieux College who have guarded over their precious vines for seven generations. Their name is on the bottle and that's the most important aspect of the wine, especially in Burgundy. They own 58 acres, making them one of the largest in the appellation. With that size comes great responsibility to uphold the reputation of Burgundy. To enhance their position, they became completely organic in 2014.
That challenge is in the hands of winemaker, Eric Guyard, who oversees the process. Our selection comes from Marsannay in southern Burgundy, where the warmer climate tends to make firmer, riper wine. The grapes are grown on a single vineyard, Les Champs Foreys, which is a rarity there.
But, Guyard makes the statement in the bottle, pronouncing this small vineyard as worthwhile and he shows that definitively. From the wild cherry, cedar and spice in the nose, expressive earth and spice on the palate, to the everlasting finish it can only be complemented by a duck breast with dried cherries or salmon with mint and cucumber relish.