Welcome to the sweet spot of the Côte de Beaune; once you’re transported there you will never want to leave.
Smooth, succulent, oozing with sappy cranberry and strawberry pulp – yet still a pale ruby color and light on its feet – this is a ravisher. And thankfully it is the kind of Grand Cru Burgundy you can enjoy young!
No Burgundians are more entertaining to taste with than winemakers who are also local politicians. Men like Roger Lassarat, mayor of Vergisson, and our friend Maurice Chapuis, mayor of Aloxe-Corton, always press the flesh with knowing winks, wily smirks, and unforced bonhomie that hops nimbly over language barriers. They are our kind of Frenchmen. We were floored by the hospitality and genuine openness and kindness that Mr. Chapuis greeted us with in 2014, as he led us down to taste in a characteristically moldy old cellar under his house. His wines were even more generous. This is a fairly traditional domaine with holdings in Aloxe-Corton, the Grand Cru hill of Corton, and Savigny-les-Beaune. New oak is used judiciously, and farming is "lutte raisonnée" which means 'the reasoned struggle': in other words, ecologically sustainable but laid-back.