Domaine Machard de Gramont Hautes Côtes Beaune 2018, France
This 20 hectare family estate is managed by Arnaud Machard de Gramont and his two sons Alban and Alexis. The cellars are located in Prissey, a neighbouring hamlet of Nuits-St-Georges. These cellars were built in the XIXth century. Their superb vaults give a “cathedral” effect to the winery. The 20 hectares of vineyards cover an impressive range of appellations spanning 50 kilometres, from Chenôve (south of Dijon) to Puligny-Montrachet (South of Beaune). Produced from vineyards just outside the boundary with Pommard, this is a really interesting wine. Deriving from 3 parcels, the oldest of which are planted with 70 year old vines, are very well positioned and enjoy all day sunshine.
Classical and alluring nose of redcurrants, savoury notes, black truffle, spice and cherry. Medium bodied with supple tannins and nicely weighted acidity. There’s a obvious core of red fruit here that is slightly more prominent given the warmth of the 2018 vintage. It’s tough to find quality under £20 in Burgundy. Every year we hear the same ‘it’s been a small harvest’ which is a precursor for the inevitable price increases, but this is sensibly priced and performs very well. This will age well for another six years as well, yet after an hour in a decanter it drinks impressively. So the question is why wait?
One hour before serving
2020 – 2025
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