Those of you who are familiar with our shelves of Burgundy may have come across Noellat from the village of Vosne-Romanee in the Cotes de Nuits. Vosne-Romanee is a name that makes Pinot lovers go misty eyed.
Alain Noellat’s daughter Sophie did a very short stint with us as an intern. This unfortunately coincided with some serious love-sickness. She had fallen in love with Arnaud Sirugue, the son of another wine-making family, from around the corner, less than 100 metres from her home. That, plus the extreme contrast between her quiet home village and a flat in Brick Lane, made her revise her plans. Shuttle forward 18 months and the two were married in the summer of 2013. Baby Oscar was born a year later. Mother, father and baby are all doing well!
An unexpected benefit for us, as the romance unfolded, was a re-awakening of our interest in the Sirugue family’s wines. We tasted when we next visited and were impressed. They are elegant, focused and very pure. The Vosne-Romanee Villages is from two parcels in Maizieres (in the corner near Les Suchots and Grands Echezeaux) and Les Violettes (adjacent to the Clos Vougeot). Their Vieilles Vignes, from 50-60 year-old vines, is one of our favourites – precise, deep and concentrated. Their 1er Cru is Les Petits Monts, located immediately above Richebourg.