Côte de Beaune Wine
Named after the prosperous market town of Beaune, which has been a hub for the Burgundian wine trade since the Middle Ages, the Côte de Beaune is home to the region's most illustrious white wines but also produces some terrific reds. The break up of ecclesiastical estates coupled with Napoleonic inheritance law has seen vine holdings successively sub-divided into smaller plots but rising global demand in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries has meant that many still remain commercially viable. Numerous appellations with a complex qualitative hierarchy make buying here convoluted but there are rich rewards for those willing to make the effort.
Pascal Gay, the incumbent patron of 'Domaine François Gay & Fils' is based in the village of Chorey-lès-Beaune and is blessed with over 8 hectares of vines in different plots in the vicinity. His white Pernand-Vergelesses has appealing green apple scents and an elegant orchard fruit palate offset by chalky, mineral notes and underscored by a fine acidity. It is best served lightly chilled (around 12-14 degrees C.) and makes a marvellous accompaniment to poached salmon or roast chicken. His red Aloxe-Corton has a wealth of dark forest fruit with subtle notes of game and leather supported by tannins that will soften with 5-10 years bottle age. His flagship Beaune Premier Cru 'Les Teurons' is darker and more complex and concentrated with a core of spice and black fruit with pitchy undertones.
Longvic-based négociant Stéphane Brocard co-owns a half-hectare parcel of vines in Pommard from which he produces his fine 'La rue au Port' bottling. With a bouquet of violets and blackberries and a sleek plum and damson palate over a fine tannic frame, it is approachable from release (if decanted) but at its best after 3-5 years ageing. Export allocations have been lamentably low so do register any interest promptly with our team in Mere.
In 2020, we welcomed acclaimed winemaker Bruno Colin to Yapp Brothers. Based in Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno's family (the Colin-Delégers) are thoroughbred winemakers, going back generations. Bruno shares the family cellar with his father Michel's Domaine in the centre of Chassagne'. While producing excellent Bourgogne Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is his Villages and Cru wines that hold particular renown. Linear and mineral, his white Chassagne-Montrachet Villages and Chassagne' 1er Cru 'Les Chaumées' are stunning when young and develop further complexity with age. His red Santenay Villages and Maranges 1er Cru 'La Fussière' have wonderful cherry fruit scents, set off against light oak and a touch of smoky, gamey meatiness.