Andrew Guard

2017 Côte de Beaune Villages Rouge, David Moreau

This wine is always a serious over acheiver; the fruit from the three parcels that make this wine, all between Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet, have been declassifed from Santenay village to Côte de Beaune villages. This shows quite a vivacious red cherry/kirsch-scented bouquet that is vibrant and showy. There is an attractive floral complexity that wafts in the mouth and the palate is nicely medium-bodied with fine tannin giving lovely elegance and better fruit concentration on the finish compared to the Bourgogne Rouge. Super 

David Moreau is perhaps the great discovery of 2014 for me - for now he has taken over part of his grandfather’s domaine in Santenay and has produced wines there since 2009. He has an impeccable winemaking resume having worked on white wines with Olivier Lamy (Domaine Hubert Lamy) and was apprenticed to Domaine de la Romanée Conti where he learnt a thing or two about red wine..He also worked for a short time in New Zealand at Neudorf.

David has made very significant changes in both viticulture and vinification since 2009 all designed to produce the very best wine possible regardless of cost. He has relatively old vines that are mostly pruned by cordon royat to minimise vigour, and the vitculture is raisonné - watch this space