Superb Red Burgundy from the brilliant Roger Belland
Today, Roger’s daughter, Julie, has taken over the day to day running of this excellent estate. A range of top quality Chardonnays from highly regarded vineyards are made, which contrast somewhat with their succulent reds from lesser-known yet great value appellations such as Maranges and Santenay in the Côte Châlonnaise.
Processes in the vineyard are as natural as possible, with grass sown between the vines to encourage natural biodiversity and reduce predators. Very environmentally conscious, Julie prefers to use prophylactic methods instead of chemicals. In order to control the yields and vigour vines are selectively debudded. From a small sector of 35 year old vines on iron-rich stoney limestone soil.
The Gravières wines are produced in one of the most famous Santenay “climat”. This particularly well exposed “terroir” produces rich wines, that benefit of a very good potentiality for the ageing.
Tasting Note: Perfumed nose of mulberry and red cherry with hints of spice. Soft, textured tannins and fine acidity round out this classy elegant Pinot.
Critics: Alan Meadows (Burghound) 90/100