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2006 Pernand 1er Cru Sous Frétille– Rapet Pere & Fils
We’ve been directly importing the wines from Rapet for 10 years now because when we see a great value in Burgundy, we jump on it! Their wines are still flying under the radar here in the states, but a little bird told us that the word is out among the bistros and restaurants around Burgundy, as most of them include a Rapet or two on their Cartes du Vin. The Sous Fretille vineyard sits just on the other side of the village of Pernand Vergelesses from the famous Chardonnay vineyards that lie on the bois de Corton. The vines grow on an elevated slope that enjoys eastern exposure. This 2006 is full of structure; balancing rich, round fruit with zippy acidity and stony minerals. Burghound’s Allen Meadows had this to say about Rapet, ” … for value, focus on his Pernand 1er Crus as they’re excellent.” We think so too. Enjoy now through 2015.
2005 Domaine Gallois 1er Cru Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots
In 1901, the great-grandfather of Dominique Gallois built a cellar and house in Gevrey-Chambertin. His vine holdings extended all the way down to the Cotes du Beaune. Over the years, as is the case in Burgundy, the vineyards get parceled out to descendants through inheritance. Dominique’s holdings include some 2.5 hectares in Gevrey-Chambertin. This is prime real estate for Pinot Noir. The Premier Cru “Les Goulots” vineyard lies in the northwest corner of the appellation and enjoys south-east hillside exposure. Gallois’ approach is simple; let the fruit express itself. The terroir of Gevrey-Chambertin is all one needs to yield unique, expressive Pinot Noir. Couple that with a vintage like 2005, and you’ve got some serious juice in your bottle. The 2005 “Les Goulots” is bursting with dense, pure berry fruit, framed in rich structure full of complexity and mineral. One for the cellar, it will open its lengthy drinking window come 2013 and last for 15+ years. – Peter Zavialoff