Stéphane Brocard is a consummate négociant, a wine trader who negotiates deals between grape growers and wine buyers. Based in Longvic, just south of Dijon, he scours the Côte d'Or for precious parcels of wine that fall under the radar of larger rivals. When we caught up with him last spring, he was delighted to introduce us to a freshly-sourced Bourgogne Aligoté from 'Christian Bellang et Fils' in Meursault. Fresh and tangy with a crisp orchard fruit palate, it makes an uplifting aperitif or partner to shellfish. Stéphane's own label 'Closerie des Alisiers' Bourgogne Chardonnay is unfailingly reliable. Decanter magazine opined that the 2017 vintage was 'complex, classy and top value' admiring its 'zesty apple bite, chalky minerality and bracing acidity.' A red Pinot Noir stablemate likewise exhibits plenty of varietal character with raspberry and redcurrant aromas and a palate of soft red fruit supported by supple tannins.