*ALL PRICES IN BOND* 91 - 93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous and 87 - 90 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
Burgundy is as much about the people as it is about the wine... At this small family-run domaine, it is very much a family affair. Christine Gruere-Dubreuil has for 30 years fashioned very fruit-driven red wines and full-flavoured, silky whites. She is now being joined by her always cheery daughter Clementine. Pernard Vergelesses is a beautiful small village next to Corton Charlemagne. It lives in the shadow of its neighbour which means its prices are reasonable when you find this domaine. The wines here are incredibly good and it’s a wonder why wines such as Pernard Vergelesses have not hit the big time. These are definitely wines for enthusiasts as they offer the magic of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at affordable prices. Quantities are small and quality is high.
On visiting the domaine, your heart misses a beat as you look behind you at the gorgeous hillside backdrop. Here in the hills you are surrounded by exquisite scenery. Beautiful vineyards and woods are all around you, it’s truly dreamy. The family lives at the monopole of Clos Berthet which has to be one of the flagship wines of Pernard Vergelesses.
The wines have beautiful full flavours in both red and white, but the passion of this family can be tasted in these bottles. The whites are lively, the Premier Crus will benefit from bottle age, there is real class here. Flavoursome, robust whites which are full of fruit will delight patient buyers. The reds express wonderful cherry tones and like Christine Gruere-Dubreuil, they are refined, elegant… and exceedingly charming! You really can taste the wine makers personality in these wines. Critics adore tasting here and it’s easy to see why, as choosing Burgundy is an art, and whilst the great names are easy to know, it’s always a treat when you discover an absolute gem like this that flies under the radar. We will be eternally grateful to our friend that introduced us to these wines. Not as well a kept secret as it used to be, but we highly recommend these wines to any enthusiast who puts quality before hype. Her Volnay is a stand out wine as most of it is produced from premier cru – a true bargain. It’s a very fine Pinot. Apart from their heartland of Pernard Vergelsses and Corton, the family’s small parcels in Pommard and Volnay should not be overlooked. They really are incredibly juicy and well deserved of the accolades from the pundits who are increasingly visiting this domaine. Well cited old parcels add a dimension of sheer pedigree.
All prices are in bond.
Please enquire as quantities are limited. Wines arrive January 2023