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Jean Luc & Eric Burguet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Rouges du Dessus 2011 (750ml)

Jean Luc & Eric Burguet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Rouges du Dessus 2011 (750ml)

Planted in 1969 above Grand Cru Les Echezeaux, cool climate, pebbly soil. 100% de-stemmed, natural yeasts, minimal intervention. 19 months aging in oak barrels (30% oak).

This vineyard is one of the highest in the area, sitting above the Echezeaux Grand Cru climat. Les Rouges wines tend to be leaner and more elegant than the rich, supple wines made at lower altitudes. The upper Rouges Dessus section is classified as Premier Cru, and is amongst the highest of the Vosne-Romanee vineyards at 1070ft (330m) above sea level. High on the Cote d'Or, limestone and clay dominates the thin, light soils. Les Rouges is no exception, and here a thin layer of crumbly clay sits atop a hard subsoil of limestone. The natural drainage afforded by the slope, along with the poor soil, provides some water stress, causing vines to grow roots deep into cracks in the limestone in search of hydration.

To the relief of Burguet fans, after a smooth transition his two sons are carrying on the family tradition. Jean-Luc first started working at the domaine in 1997 and Eric followed in 1999, working with their father in the vines and the cellar, doing everything from preparing orders to discussing the date for harvest with Alain. Jean-Luc did a ‘BAC Pro’ focusing on viticulture, then a BPREA (a professional degree for managing agricultural operations). During his studies he worked at several neighboring wineries in Gevrey-Chambertin including Domaine Bachelet, and also worked in Bandol. With the goal of broadening his knowledge abroad, he then worked in California with Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat in Santa Barbara. Eric completed a ‘BAC’ and a BTS that included both winemaking and commercialization of wine and spirits. Like his brother, he interned in production, at Domaine Henri Gouges in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and also had stages in the wine trade. The 2011 vintage was the first with Jean-Luc and Eric at the helm as Alain officially retired. Jean-Luc and Eric have taken their father’s work a step farther. Viticulture is now biodynamic (though not certified), and the two have fitted the cuverie with their own copper biodynamizer.

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