The Fouquerand Family has owned their property since 1640, located in the village of La Rochepot, on the hallowed ground of Burgundy's Hautes-Cotes de Beaune. The winery is next door to the castle Rochepot, which was built in the 12th Century. Today it is one of the most expensive real estate in the world.
Everything about Burgundy looks like a path to failure. Its climate is marginal and unpredictable. The Pinot Noir grape is finnicky and sometimes changes its mind about what it likes and where it wants to be. Yet, once it all works, most wine lovers will agree, there's nothing better.
It also helps if you have 400 years of practice as does the Fouquerand family. Currently headed by Denis Fouquerand, and his wife, Catherine, they are making wines pretty much the same as they did hundreds of years ago; carefully, meticulously and without intervention. They were basically practicing biodynamic farming before it was a word. Now they're doing it officially.
Hautes, as in Hautes-Cotes de Beaune, means high, as in either a place or stature. Here it means both. The vineyard is 1,500 feet above sea level and is made up of formations laid down 80 million years ago. You could say all that time was used for laying the groundwork for this special wine. That's what keeps the Fouquerand family going.
This is classic Burgundy. There is just enough cherry and anise to bring a smile, and then the tart finish beckons for more time in the glass while you're preparing a classic cassoulet or stuffed squab with wild rice.