Gevrey 1er Cru "Fontenys"

Organic and Biodynamic Burgundies from Jean-Claude Rateau and Jane et Sylvain!

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We're very happy to have a new shipment from our organic friends, Jane et Sylvain in Gevrey-Chambertin and we're extremely proud to feature new arrivals from Jean-Claude Rateau who was the first Biodynamic vigneron in Burgundy, dating back to 1979!

Jean-Cluade Rateau was the fourth vigneron in France to convert to biodynamics, beginning with two hectares, learning from Yves Herody and working with Claude Bourguignon to analyse his soils. Rateau has always believed that the soils must be alive to ensure the healthy transfer of nutrients to the vines, especially important being the mycorrhizal funghi which assimilate phosphorous and live in symbiosis with the vines roots. He has developed a plowing regimen that encourages the life of the soil, uses natural composts and biodynamic preparations and has a varied population of wild plants in the vineyards that harbor beneficial insects. One of the few growers in Burgundy to practice biodynamic agriculture, Jean-Claude's techniques in the cellar also enable the production of real wines of terroir. Fermentations are solely with wild-yeasts and stems are included in proportion depending on the vintage. There are manual cap-punchings, but no attempt to over-extract. Aging is uniquely in used barrels, three to ten years old, and minimal SO2 is used. M. Rateau does not seek or receive a great deal of media attention but his wines speak for themselves, with a purity and mineral character seldom seem in "modern" Burgundy, and we urge you to try them!

Jane et Sylvain Raphanau produce tiny quantities of lovely terroir-expressive wines on their four hectares in and around Gevrey. Our second shipment from the estate, certified organic since 2003, includes all five of their wines, but only a few bottles of their superb Gevrey "Fontenys." The parcel is uniquely situated at the top southwest corner of Fontenys, separated only by a dirt track from Ruchottes - it's a great site and we hope to have a real allocation beginning with the 2013 vintage. Their parcel of Cote-de-Nuits is also quite special, at the top of the slope above an old quarry, next to Fixin "Queue de Hareng." This is a superb CDN and a great value. Also a favorite is their lovely Bourgogne Passetoutgrain - in 2012 it's aromatically wonderful and full of pretty, refreshing fruit on the palate. 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay and 100% delicious. We were happy to find Jane et Sylvain last year - they're wonderful people making honest Burgundies that deserve your attention!

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Jane et Sylvain 2012 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain

This is a Bourgogne Passetoutgrain to get excited about! From 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Gamay, organically farmed and insanely delicous! The wine shows surprisingly deep aromas of cherry, strawberry and earth which continue on the bright and balanced palate. Nice finish as well, really a lovely everyday Burgundy, something that's hard to find under $25. Fifiteen cases only for the vintage, don't delay....

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Jane et Sylvain 2012 Bourgogne Rouge

The Bourgogne Rouge from Jane et Sylvain comes from a tiny plot of young vines tended organically since planting. Broad plum and dark fruit aromas with a hint of oak and reduction when opened. With aeration, high-toned blackberry and cherry fruit emerges with hints of licorice and earth. Ripe, light to medium-bodied palate with bright cherry and red currant framed in chalky acidity. Firm earth and stone flavors in the finish. A complex and interesting Pinot Noir that will be best if decanted, or perhaps opened the day before—or after three to five years in the cellar.

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Jane et Sylvain 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fontenys

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fontenys", high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track. They are certified organic and age the wine in old barriques. While the 2011 was not opened during our visit, we were able to taste the 2002 (it was someone's birthday) which was absolutely sensational. Not for drinking young, best after 2020, till perhaps 2040. They have none available from the 2012 vintage, we hope to get a larger quantity of the 2013...

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  • $59.99

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Rateau 2012 Beaune Les Beaux et Bons

The first vigneron in Burgundy to convert to biodynamics in 1979, Jean-Claude Rateau fashions wines of great purity and precision. Working with no new oak and minimal sulfur, his reds are at once floral, savory, and mineral.

Les Beaux et Bons, sourced from lieux-dits Beaux and Bons on the Pommard side of Beaune, has dark red fruits, underbrush, and an earthy spiciness on the nose. This follows through on an intensely mineral palate with fresh acidity and savory red fruits. With time in a decanter more floral notes appear and the palate expands in weight and complexity. Beautifully balanced.

Decant now or hold for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 10. JCM

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  • $24.99

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Rateau 2012 Beaune Clos des Mariages

The parcel is a mix of young and very old vines situated below Beaune Grèves in fertile clay and limestone soils. The 2012 has very pretty bright raspberry and tart cherry aromas with hints of spice (nutmeg, juniper). The light, pretty palate shows chalky tart cherry fruit - quite intense and mineral with bracing acidity and good length. This will be refreshing and delicious with grilled pork and roast or grilled chicken, best after three to five years of aging. (Aged 15 months in old barrels, minimal SO2.)

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  • $23.99

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Rateau 2010 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Jean-Claude Rateau has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay/limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. There is a 21-day cuvaison with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in old barrels. The 2010 is a superb wine that will age beautifully. The aromas are subtle and complex with black fruits, earth, violets and spice. The palate is relatively light, but quite intense with black cherry, earth and saline mineral flavors. This is not a "fruit bomb" but rather an old-fashioned wine of terroir. Certainly interesting to taste now but probably best after five years of cellaring, and for many years after that....

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Rateau 2008 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey. Subtle aromas of strawberry, black-cherry, violets, earth and stone. Cherry, plum and saline mineral flavors on the palate with earth, mineral and cherry fruit lingering in the finish. This is a light, elegant Gevrey that is between youth and maturity—decant (or open the bottle, taste, re-cork, serve the next day) or keep a few more years. Serve with Guinea hen, roast chicken, vegetable tagine...

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Rateau 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias Blanc

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot giving a full, ripe wine. The 2012 has lovely aromas of ripe pear and apple, with lemon-oil, melon and floral notes. The palate is quite round and ripe with pear, quince, lemon confit and honey backed with chalky minerals and good acidity. This is quite delicious now but probably best from 2017 to 2025.

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  • $41.99

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