2020 Domaine Borgeot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains
Puligny-Montrachet, together with Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet, forms the heart of the Côte de Beaune, the valhalla of chardonnay. Of this famous trio, Puligny is the smallest (235 ha in total) and the most illustrious. Within its borders are 4 of the 6 white Burgundy grands crus. Domaine Borgeot is located in the village of Rémigny on the Côte de Beaune. It was founded in 1903 and is now run by fourth generation brothers Laurent and Pascal Borgeot. Their 23 hectares are located in the villages of Bouzeron, Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. The magic of Domaine Borgeot lies in the two people who make these charming wines. Pascal is calm, measured and brings an element of control over Laurent, who can't sit still for a minute. As the saying goes in Burgundy, looking at the person behind the wines gives you an idea of the style of wine in your glass. Domaine Borgeot wines show Pascal's calm restraint balanced with Laurent's exuberance and liveliness.
The Borgeot Puligny-Montrachet is of course a 100% chardonnay coming from the Premier Cru vineyard Champs Gain. After manual picking from the organically counted vineyard, the wine stays for 11-13 months in 1-5 year old French oak barrels and 25% in new French oak barriques. The Borgeot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains comes from the 'golden triangle' of Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault and then this Puligny 1er Cru 'Champs-Gains' from Borgeot is a paradigm. In this great wine, this is perhaps the one of all Burgundy whites that shows the best in terms of minerality and freshness. Pure, floral, ripe and refined, but beneath this blanket is a powerful structure that starts discreetly but rises powerfully, carrying the whole package through the center of the mouth to an impressively long finish. Classic Puligny.
The brothers Pascal and Laurent Borgeot, the fourth generation, manage the family domain, which was founded in 1903. The domain is located in the village of Remigny in the Saône-et-Loire department, a few kilometers from Chassagne-Montrachet and a little closer to Santenay, where the brothers own a number of important plots. The village of Remigny is a rarity in Burgundy. It has no name of its own.
It is not in the Cote d'Or. It is located in the department of Saône et Loire. Yet you will find parts of both the Chassagne-Montrachet and the Santenay appellations here. We are only four winegrowers in the village, says Pascal Borgeot at Domaine Borgeot. In our case, it was our great-grandfather who created the domain. At the time it was only five or six hectares of vines, but he also grew other crops. Remigny is a village of 420 inhabitants, four kilometers south of Chassagne-Montrachet and three kilometers east of Santenay.
The Canal du Center cuts through the village and just south of the village is the top of the Côte Chalonnaise, with Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny. It used to be one third white and two thirds red on the domain, says Pascal Borgeot. Today is fifty-fifty. We now have more vines in Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay. We have much less Bourgogne Aligoté and the Bourgogne Passetoutgrain has completely disappeared. There are no more gamay vines on the domain. We only have chardonnay, pinot noir and aligoté. The aligoté vines are located in both the Bourgogne Aligoté appellation and the Bouzeron appellation.
Together they cultivate 48 hectares of vines, half in red, half in white. The majority of these vines are 30 years old or more, with plots of Santenay 'Les Gravieres' and Santenay 'Vieilles Vignes' over 50 years old. For more than twenty years, their vines have been fed only organic fertilizers. They work the soil in winter to control weeds and increase microbacteriological activity. Where they have replanted, they have chosen low yielding vines. All this policy is aimed at bringing the harvest to full maturity as often as possible. The fact that the Borgeot brothers use only organic fertilizers, pay close attention to soil conditions and strive to limit the yield of the vines, of course shows that the health of the grape harvest is of primary importance. Without it, no amount of winemaking skill, technology or special equipment can produce great wine. Having said this, the brothers are perfectionists and every step of the winemaking process is carefully studied. The excellent quality of their harvest is brought to its fullest using traditional methods and modern insights.
The Domain Borgeot, founded by Pascal and Laurent Borgeot in 1985 with some important plots of Santenay vines inherited from their father, has become one of the most respected wineries in the Cote de Beaune. Through smart vineyard acquisition and investment, they now have an impressive list of appellations and with a modern micro-negotiation on the side, they can offer their wines for export. However, their reputation locally is such that more well-known producers often send their children to apprentices on the domain.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch|