Burguet’s Beautiful Bèzes.

For the first 29 years of his career, Alain Burguet was content to build his reputation without any grand cru vines. That changed in 2004, when he got the chance to work his magic in one of greatest grand crus of all: Chambertin-Clos de Bèze.

Since then, the Burguet Clos de Bèze has been among the great expressions of this hallowed ground, rendered in the domaine’s classic style. Cases in point are the breathtakingly perfumed, yet built-to-age, 2017 and 2019, each the essence of this legendary climat in a great vintage.

Both are already very rare in the U.S. market. But we can offer them as a two-bottle set at a price well below what you would pay elsewhere.

Building on Greatness

Within a decade of taking over from their illustrious father, Jean-Luc and Eric Burguet have proven themselves not only worthy successors but masterful vignerons in their own right.

But they came to the task fully prepared. Not only had they worked alongside their father for a decade, they had followed their enological schooling by working at other great Côte de Nuits domaines like Bachelet and Gouges.

To make one of Burgundy’s elite small domaines even greater, they converted their father’s organic viticulture to biodynamic. And today they harvest even later than he did. (Alain was always one of the last in Gevrey to harvest, ensuring full phenolic maturity.)

In the cellar, Jean-Luc and Eric’s methods are minimalist in the extreme. The native yeast fermentations are allowed to begin and progress at their own pace, without temperature control. And minimal sulfur is used for maximum expressiveness, while extractions are gentle and timed according to the character of the vintage.

Lastly, they’ve reduced the amount of new oak for barrel aging to no more than 30%, even for Bèze. That’s how they’re able to capture the inherently elegant, yet long-lived, character of Clos de Bèze through the lens of such classic vintages as 2017 and 2019.

Here’s a rare opportunity to experience these two coveted wines at 25 to 35% below the U.S. market average for their respective vintages.

Domaine Burguet Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 2017 & 2019

Includes 1 bottle of each vintage
$945.00 2-btl assortment
U.S. average price for the two wines: $1354

Includes the following wines:

2019 Domaine Burguet Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Burghound: “92-95 rating … I very much like the beguiling texture of the big-bodied yet refined flavors that exhibit sneaky good length and outstanding depth on the balanced and youthfully austere finale … clearly built-to-age.”

Neal Martin: “92-94 rating … perfumed bouquet features dark cherries, boysenberry and just a touch of charcoal. The palate is beautifully balanced with satin-like tannins, a fine bead of acidity and a spicy white-pepper-tinged finish … a well-crafted Clos-de-Bèze.”

2017 Domaine Burguet Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

John Gilman: “95 rating … stellar complexity on the nose, wafting from the glass in a refined blend of red and black cherries, raspberries, a beautiful array of spice tones, a complex base of minerality, gentle meatiness, a bit of mustard seed and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and again, beautifully sappy at the core, with fine focus and detail, fine-grained tannins and excellent backend mineral drive on the long, complex and utterly refined finish. High class juice.”

Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: “92-96 rating. Medium depth of purple, lively fruit on the nose, a little bit of oak from new barrel, two new in three. Sweetly ripe, elegant deep raspberry fruit, lovely sensual long finish. Seamless is the word. This is a very good wine but the cost of the grapes means that it is now at a pretty significant price.”

Antonio Galloni: “91-94 rating … a more delicate, nuanced side of Bèze, a site where the wines are often more powerful. Dark cherry, plum, lavender and spice flesh out in the glass. Pliant, nuanced and inviting, the Bèze is quite expressive in the early going. There is a good bit of tannin lurking in the background, but all the elements are very nicely balanced.”

Alistair Cooper, JancisRobinson.com: “17.5++/20 rating. An enticing yet clearly very young nose – layers of dried fruit with a whiff of smoke, dried bay leaves and cherry. A wonderfully knit palate that as with the nose is very young … subtle and with a long finish.”

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