Beaune and its environs make some of the finest whites and most undervalued reds. It is home to some of the largest grower/negociants as well as some of the smaller and more artisanal growers. Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot fall into the former category and they have long used their large holdings and longstanding contracts to produce excellent wines for every pocket. They both invest their resources to farm organically and biodynamically and behave as the smallest and most quality-conscious growers would. They've both made fabulous examples of the wines listed here.
Michel Lafarge is as ever totally over-subscribed and with very good reason. We tasted the excellent range here and if you are quick enough to get your hands on any then you'll be happy. It's the same with the Boillot wines. Lydie has produced a set of quintessentially 2017 whites with energy, depth and richness, laced with zingy acidity.
We've tasted and bought a couple of Domaine Jean Guiton's wines for the shop in the past. We like them. He's based in Bligny-les-Beaune, a tiny village just outside town that might as well be 50 kilometres and 50 years away. Guillaume Guiton is a hands-off winemaker who grows terrific quality fruit in his sustainably farmed (and almost organic) vineyards. The first thing that strikes you is the elegance and light touch of the winemaking. Secondly the depth in the wines is obvious and thirdly the value is amazing. You get 12 bottles of his wines for the price of six from many other growers. /CW
Offered subject to remaining unsold; for shipment 2019/20