In the two decades we have had The Winery, we spent the first decade looking for good Pernand-Vergelesses and finally found what we were looking for. A small family Domaine run by two brothers, Christophe and Roland Denis, Valerie, the wife of one of the brothers and Jean-Baptise Gauthey, the son of their sister. Pernand-Vergelesses is sandwiched between the hill of Corton and the village of Savigny-les-Beaune. The Denis family make a spread of Pernands in red and white at Village and 1er Cru level, some Corton Grand Cru and a delicious Cremant de Bourgogne (a classic Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend). Their basic Bourgogne Chardonnay, Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune always punch well above their class.
Recent vintages have been getting scarcer thanks to some dreadful luck with Mother Nature. Hail. Floods. Unseasonally late frost. The last five years have been almost biblical. Luckily for us, Christophe and Valerie always manage to keep some to one side for The Winery.
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