The 2017 Domaine Bourgogne Devaux “Les Vignots” from Pommard. To all you ‘Mericans, that’s a Pinot Noir from France. And it’s freaking delicious.
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Burgundy from the hautes-Cotes
Some of the more captivating bottles of value Burgundy today hail from the high-altitude, older-vine vineyards of the Hautes-Côtes. These wind-swept vineyards for years were often too cool to produce truly ripe, complex wines; yet now better vineyard care (and warmer temperatures overall) have made the Hautes-Côtes an attractive source of fine wines that are moderately priced.
The Bourgogne-Devaux family has made its home in these vine-covered hills since the late 1800s. Winemaker Luc Bourgogne (a name more than suitable for a local winemaker) represents the fourth generation in Meloisey to care for vines and craft wines from the family’s many older-vine plots. The 2017 Domaine Bourgogne-Devaux Pommard “Les Vignots” comes from one such plot.
With just a few acres of vines in the Hautes-Côtes and a well-selected handful in neighboring Pommard, the family is able to do everything by hand. This attention translates to delicately perfumed, full-flavored wines that are a joy to taste and savor.
Farming and winemaking
Framing and winemaking has changed for the family in recent years. For decades, the Bourgogne-Devaux family sold most of its grapes to other winemakers. In 2012, Luc Bourgogne decided the family should return to bottling its own wines, following in the footsteps of his grandparents who did the same.
Vines are cared for sustainably, following organic practices as much as possible. The age of vines on average is high, around 50 years, and thus vines are naturally low yielding.
Grapes are harvested by hand, fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months, depending on the vintage; wines see from 10 to 20 percent new wood.