Domaine Rapet 2010

Post date: Apr 4, 2012 10:00:33 AM

Burgundy 2010 surprised many as a great vintage to lust for... that is if you can get your hands on some. Yields are down one-third, some places halved and many wines are already sold out at the domaines.

In many communes, the confluence of millerandage (poor fertilization of the flowers) and cool growing season resulted in many loose bunches (less prone to rot) with small berries. Where physiologically ripe, these tiny berries (high skin-to-pulp ratio) lend concentration, intensity and great structure to the wine. Being a cool growing season, there is no lack of acidity to keep the wines razor fresh.

2010 is said to have more transparency and finesse than the strapping and generous 2009s. Both are great vintages and the top wines will last for a very long time indeed. There is however a lot less wine in 2010 than 2009...

Domaine Rapet 2010

Rapet is considered the leading domaine in Pernand Vergelesses. Owner/winemaker Vincent Rapet is immensely focused on making the best wines he can. His wines are incredibly perfumed and show clean, ripe fruits in the red and blue spectrum. They are deceptively enjoyable young but age exceptionally well. A bottle of 1978 Aloxe-Corton we tasted recently was simply off the charts.

The Whites

Rapet's trio of Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Crus offer immense value. <Sous Fr├ętille> is slender, well toned and all about mineral intensity. Almost a baby Corton-Charlemagne. <Clos du Village> is big framed, rich, intensely muscled and projects controlled power. <En Caradeux> fits somewhere between the two, a very balanced wine with just about everything you want in a good white Burg.

Vincent's Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru is a masterpiece of power, intensity, minerality and ripe fruit all wrapped up in a tight bundle. It will require a few years to come around and I have no doubt this will become a great wine over time. Hang on to this while you drink the 1er Cru.

The Reds

Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru <Fourneaux> and Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru <Les Vergelesses> are the most approachable of the range. Of the trio of Beaune 1er Cru, <Greves> is about power and structure, a wine to cellar confidently.<Clos du Roi> is about charm and generosity, a wine to drink now and into the next 5+ years. <Bressandes> come in somewhere in between, offering a middle ground between the other 2.

Aloxe Corton is the Dark Horse. We recently tasted the 1978 and 1988 - they were alive and kicking and blew us away! Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru <Ile des Vergelesses> is my personal favorite, easily juggling elegance, complexity and intensity.

At the top tier, Corton-Pougets Grand Cru is denser, heavier and requiring more time to come around compared to Corton Grand Cru. Both are immaculately made and have the capacity to age for decades.