Bourgogne Côte d'Or
Burgundy is a long and complex strip of regions, sub-regions, villages and vineyards stretching from Dijon in the north to Macon in the south. It producers, along with perhaps one or two other regions, the most sought after wines in the word sometimes selling for tens of thousands of pounds. But for a few exceptions the reds are Pinot Noir and the whites are Chardonnay, but it is the micro-climate, soils and winemaking that makes the wine so interesting, unique and varied in style and quality. It is the most terroir driven region of France and with its continental climate that varies much from year to year, vintage variation in the wines is everything.
With their cellar door opening right into the heart of Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Anne Bavard-Brooks really is a small winery. Having taken over the vines from Anne's parents, Anne and her partner John (a former travel operator form The States ) have been working their three small plots organically and with biodynamic treatments since 2005: they were certified in 2012. The vines range principally from 35 to as old as 60 years old (in their newly acquired Corvée des Vignes plot for that goes into their Puligny). With an overall production of a few 1000 bottles, the cuvees vary from between 2-4: their Puligny-Montrachet Vielles Vignes which they regard as their jewel, but equal (in my eyes) are those under the new Burgundy AOC, Bourgogne Cote d'Or, from a mix of two prime sites: La Combe and Les Equinces.