Andrew Guard

2021 Pinot Noir 'Statera', Jerome Bretaudeau

100% Pinot Noir, from 20-year-old vines farmed biodynamically and planted on granite soils over white and red quartz. In the winery: grapes are transferred to barrels, macerated for 12 days, followed by a gentle pressing to preserve the fruit, then 1 year of maturation in 400-l oak barrels that have seen four wines. Neither fined nor filtered, with a light dose of sulfur at bottling.

This is a superb Pinot Noir; I blind picked the 2019 this May as Gevrey! Getting bottles out of Jerome is not easy..we only have 24! It is a special wine that has great complexity and mouthfeel it is richer and wild fruited for Pinot Noir but has impeccable balance! Super wine

Jerome Bretaudeau set up on his own in 2005 having made wine for others for the previous 10 years, notably Jo Landron at Domaine de la Louvetrie.

His Domaine de Belle-Vue is today one of the leading lights in the region and the quality of his wines is outstanding, indeed there is an underground buzz on these wines amongst France’s best wine bars and bistros.

Three things set him way apart from the rest and are the reason that his wines are so good; he harvests by hand, his vines yield only 35hl/ha (in a region where 90hl/ha is normal!) and he only uses the available natural yeasts for fermentation. With these principles in mind, Bretaudeau stands beside others in our portfolio like Belliviere, Tue-Boeuf and Foillard.