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Domaine Alain Vignot in the very rare appellation Bourgogne Côte Saint Jacques. And we present a selection of their wines that fall into our 'Under $35' range. Perfect for summer drinking!

Don’t be surprised if you have not heard of the appellation Bourgogne Côte Saint Jacques. There is very little of it, and there are very few producers. Alain Vignot essentially invented the appellation in 1975 after years of proving the worth of the distinct terroir of the hillside at Joigny, above the river Yonne in the furthest-northwest part of Burgundy.

We came across Alain Vignot’s wine, essentially his iconic Cote Saint Jacques Vin Gris, in our early days aboard our peniche-hotel Le Papillon.  We often moored on the Yonne in the towns of Joigny and Auxerre, and Vignot wines were as local as you could get!

We were always deeply impressed by his Vin Gris, by the expression of Pinot Gris produced on the steep flint and limestone slopes overlooking the Yonne River valley.  It’s a wine unique in Burgundy. And it was the only wine produced on the Cote Saint Jacques for much of the region’s history, dating back to phylloxera.

Then in 1980, Alain Vignot replanted Pinot Noir.  And in 1992 Chardonnay reappeared. Alain Vignot became not only the locomotive of an appellation that he all but created, he became the benchmark of what these wines could be.

From fewer than 4 acres in 1970, he developed a domain that today extends over 29 acres. Work and perseverance. Risks, both commercial and professional. This is the profile of a visionary.

Domaine Vignot wines are a perfect fit with Elden Selections’ ethic: a great winemaker working in a lesser-known appellation, and producing Burgundy worthy of the region’s reputation and accolades.

Here's your chance to be the first in the US to have these wines in your cellar.  Yes, that's right, this is an Elden exclusive.  We are the only US importer.

We propose a 12 bottle mixed case, 3 bottles each of:

Domaine Alain Vignot Bourgogne Cote Saint-Jacques Rouge 2019
This Pinot Noir benefits from the best exposure (south/south east) and excellent terroir. It has a structured nose and balanced attack, with aromas of pure red fruits.

Domaine Alain Vignot Bourgogne Cote Saint-Jacques Rouge 'Les Ronces' 2019
This single-vineyard Pinot Noir comes from the best parcel on the Cote Saint-Jacques, giving Les Ronces a structure worth laying down.  Surprising depth for a wine from the northernmost part of Burgundy.

Domaine Alain Vignot Bourgogne 'Collinieres' 2020
This wine is unique, Domaine Vignot are the only producers. Made from a blend of two grape varieties: Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, it draws its aromas from the smoky terroir of the Côte Saint Jacques.

Domaine Alain Vignot Bourgogne Cote Saint-Jacques Vin Gris 2020
This is a real Pinot Gris, a serious food wine which offers a complex aromatic palette due in large part to its flinty terroir. It is called ‘gray’ wine because of its incomparable color, likened to a ‘partridge eye’, (l’oeil de perdrix) found in some classic expressions of champagne.

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