MEMORIES OF 2022 CROMEY CASE
We think so fondly back to 2022 for many reasons, returning to travel, somewhat normal life, a wonderful wine vintage in Burgundy (one of the best) and of course your visit to the Domaine de Cromey.
Therefore I thought that a case of wine dedicated to this specific year would be fun, just imagine, these were the vines that you witnessed growing, harvested and vinified, now finally available to enjoy.
This case from a vintage special to all of us has nine producers, three classifications, twelve different Terroir. It includes one bottle of each with GROUND SHIPPING INCLUDED
Domaine Albert Boillet Pommard 1er Cru 'En Largilliere' 2022
Situated above the ‘Grands Epenots’, ‘En Largilliers’ is a relatively unknown premier cru. It sits between ‘Charmots’ and Pezerolles’, and just below ‘Noizons’, so it has pedigree! As its name implies, it has a high content of clay, meaning that produces deep, tight, earthy wines. The 2016 is expressive, with superlative round fruit that engulfs the palate, with just a touch of earth and smoke so you know it's a Pommard. Deep, long finish. A wine you can enjoy now, but which will reward any patience you might have.
Domaine Borgeot Chassagne 1er Cru 'Clos St. Jean' 2022
The Clos St Jean lies toward the northern end of Chassagne-Montrachet, close to St Aubin, and borders a limestone quarry. For years we have insisted that it makes is one of the great red wines of the cote de Beaune, despite the modern trends to re-plant it with Chardonnay. And therein lies a tale. Years ago when the Borgeots wanted to take their production up a notch, they took on a partner and set up a small negociant house. One of the conditions of the deal was that they had to rip up their prized Clos St Jean red and replant it in white...which of course commands a higher price. The brothers were gutted because they knew what a great red parcel the Clos St Jean is. But they did it...and regretted it for years. But once they were really up and running, they got hold of another piece of Clos St Jean planted in Pinot Noir. These guys are true to their heritage and close to the earth. And it shows in everything they do!
Julien Cruchandeau Hautes Cotes de Nuits 'Valencons' 2022
This single vineyard wine comes from a steep slope with not much limestone and clay soil. So expect a bigger structure than the Cabottes. 10% new wood, and another 10% of older barrels. Fresh open, soft black cherry fruit, earthy and mineral. The result of some whole cluster maceration. Earth, juicy, chocolaty, great volume. Exuberant!
Richard Rottiers Beaujolais Villages 2022
Classic Beaujolais village, fruity and spicy...from 60 year old vines. Great depth and body. This is what the Beaujolais renaissance is all about!
Jean Claude Rateau Bourgogne Rouge Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2022
Jean-Claude Rateau is the guru of bio and biodynamic wines in Burgundy, having been at it back when he was the only practitioner in the region, and everyone thought he was crazy. Now he leads a field of prominent producers, indeed some of the best winemakers in Burgundy. His wines show depth and precision. And this Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge is a classic example. With red fruits, cherries and raspberries, as well as floral note and hints of spice, the nose itself is enough to satisfy a lover of Pinot Noir. Always balanced, with a touch of acidity to carry the fruits high on the palate, and a touch of earthiness to bring it back again, there’s a silkiness and a refinement that, combined with fine crunchy tannins, make this a regional appellation that drinks well above its appellation.
Richard Rottiers Cru de Beaujolais Moulin a Vent 2022
Richard Rottiers has winemaking in his blood. He is is from Chablis, not from the Beaujolais. But he specifically searched out prime vines in Moulin-a-Vent because he knows the potential there. Yields in Moulin-a-Vent are always naturally low, making this the most powerful, concentrated and long-lived of the Beaujolais cru. In fact, an older Moulin can easily be mistaken for a Pinot Noir from the Cotes de Nuits. Here we have pure gamay fruits, black and mineral, with the distictive Moulin-a-Vent lingering violets, Six months in 'foudre' (large oak barrels) give the wine structure, finesse and fullness.
Domaine Albert Boillet Volnay 'Les Petits Poisots' 2022
A single-vineyard Volnay from the heart of the village, this ‘Petits Poisots’ shows great Pinot fruit in its youth. Delicate Volnay fruit, floral (the typical violet notes of a Volnay), supple but dense, mouth-wateringly bright, with a long, lingering fruit-driven finish. This is a wine that is charming now, and which will open progressively over the next 5 years. Buy a case and drink a bottle every 6 months over 6 years and you will see a great Pinot unfold.
Domaine Borgeot Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de la Carbonade' 2022
This single-vineyard Bourgogne 'Clos de la Carbonade' is wholly owned by the Borgeots. And the wine they make there is the greatest surprise on our list. It's a small parcel, located in the village of Bouzeron, the northernmost village of the Cote Chalonnaise. But don't be fooled by its modest pedigree: the 'Clos de la Carbonade' has something special about it. And year after year we see remarkable wines that far outshine appellations much grander than Bourgogne. The Borgeot's can't explain it...yet. But there is a geological study underway to see what makes this parcel tick.
Domaine Gilles Bouton Saint Aubin 1er Cru 'En Remilly' 2022
‘En Remilly’ is arguably the best of the Saint Aubin premier cru vineyards. It falls from a steep, south-facing hillside which is an extension of the Grand Cru ‘Le Montrachet’ as the slopes follow the valley. The soil make-up (if you can even call it soil!) is pretty much crushed gravel, making for one of the most mineral whites in the zone. Floral, flinty and citric, it’s one of the great discoveries in white Burgundy.
Jean Jacques Girard Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 'Sous Fretilles' 2022
On the nose, white floral notes, citrus fruits, green apple, pear, hints of stone fruits, nuanced and delicate. A distinct mineral character that speaks to the great whites of the Corton mountain, with good acidity. A lively, freshness that also hints at aging possibilities.The balance in fruit and acidity gives this Sous Fretilles great structure, and a touch of oak brings that structure to a long and elegant finish.
Domaine Oudin Chablis 2022
Classic sweet river rock minerality and floral freshness, this is a meticulous perfectionists’ Chablis ‘tout-court’ (as the locals call the ‘village’ appellation). This wine is at its peak now and will remain there for another 3-4 years. A lovely introduction to the Domaine Oudin style.
Alain Vignot Bourgogne Rose 2022
From the hills above Joigny in the far northwest of Burgundy, the Cotes Saint Jacques is a tiny production, mostly in the hands of Alian Vignot, who pioneered the the regional appellation starting back in the 70s. The soil is flintier than elsewhere in Burgundy, and that gives these wines surprising backbone. But the exposition is perfect, south-southeast, so the maturity of the fruit shies through. This rose from 100% Pinot Noir is a true summer rosé, fleshy, fruity, full and luscious. The freshness will enchant your summer’s day.