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[02] Vaudoisey Gems

posted 14 Jan 2013, 05:09 by William Chong   [ updated 5 May 2013, 08:03 ]
Five years ago I visited a domaine in Gevrey Chambertin with the Singapore chapter of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. As we tasted through the wines, I remember finding them pleasant and charming without hitting higher notes. What did catch our eyes was their vintage 2006 Latricières-Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin grand cru going for the price of a 1er Cru elsewhere. Though the wine in the glass fell short of its Grand Cru status, it was lovely drinking and did represent great value for what was on the label. I bought 3 bottles and happily drank them over the next few years.

Last year, I heard from a friend that this same domaine was beginning to be regarded as "a new star" across the Atlantic Ocean. How could this be? I could not help but make a second visit to this domaine in autumn 2012. The current vintages we tasted had flesh, muscle, polish and poise - totally different from the wines of few years back. What caused this dramatic change? Well, the son took over the winemaking.

The domaine was sold out of almost every wine... except the same vintage 2006 Latricières-Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin grand cru now selling at more than double the price it was five years ago...

Though we did not end up importing the wines of that domaine, we did catch another domaine that is experiencing a positive hyperbole from vintage 2009. Bill Nanson (The Burgundy Report) wrote: "Tasted in March 2012 – I didn't know the domaine (Christophe Vaudoisey), but these wines are stars!".

The Vaudoisey family have been making wines since 1804 and the tradition has passed down from generation to generation. A modern cuverie was built in 2009 and Christophe is now joined by his son. The domaine farms 12 ha of vines covering Volnay, Pommard and Meursault. Winemaking is careful but non-interventionist, with the use of new oak at around 30%. The wines here are pure, perfumed and terroir driven to great effect. They show great delicacy now and the 1er crus have the structure and stuffing to carry them well into their teens.

We are fortunate to secure a small allocation of their outstanding 2010 vintage and are happy to offer you these excellent wines for a song.

Please see our price list for prices/availability of these wines.