If it were possible to have a Comblanchien villages, that is what this would be, from a blend of eight parcels in their home village. For map readers, these four parcels on the west side of the route nationale are rockier with shallow, intensely iron rich soils: les Essarts, les Dominodes, les Plantes Dubois, and la Damoda. Whereas these four parcels are on the other side of the route nationale from heavier water retaining clay soils: les Poulardes, En Platerres, Au Clos Bardot, and En Retraits. The ensemble makes for a remarkably complete wine. This is the reason that I started working with Etienne in the first place, having been stunned to attention by the 2012 iteration at a dinner at Maxime’s house in summer of ’14. In substance and purity, this is as good as it gets for the money. Last year I encouraged folks whole heartedly to buy 6pks-cases of this wine, and i’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews from those that did…..once again, if a Michelin three star “by the glass” selection sounds good to you for an everyday red Burgundy house wine, load up now. I fear that it won’t be too long until this wine (or all of his wines) receives upward pricing pressure, as Etienne’s reputation and esteem grows.
2015 Gerard Julien Cotes de Nuits villages