Made by Burgundy’s deeply-rooted Domaine Capitain-Gagnerot, The Maison Capitain-Gagnerot Pernand-Vergelesses 2018 is a thing of beauty. Like many old domaines in Burgundy, Capitain-Gagnerot has been through a maze of marriages and inheritances since its establishment in 1802. Brother and sister Pierre-Francois and Delphine Capitain are currently running operations. They make wine from 16 hectares of biodynamically certified vines throughout the Cote de Beaune and  Cote de Nuits. Voted “winemakers of the year” in 2021 by the Guide Hachette (prestigious French wine guide) their wines are in demand and only a tiny quantity ship to America. We acquired a few bottles and couldn’t resist opening one up with dinner recently. Consequently, this made me stop and scribble down a grocery list of a wine note. In conclusion, this is a super high quality and punching Way about its weight.

Tasting note: Only a small amount of this Pernand-Vergelesses is made annually and we got some. This wine is made from Pinot Noir vines grown in a half hectare-sized spot of clay named Les Boutieres. Earthy aromas and flavors of youthful tart cherries, cranberries, campfire, oregano, licorice, dark chocolate and citrus peel. The body is medium in weight, the acidity is high, and the tannins be conservative. This is a highly complex wine with a gentle weight and a long finish. In any case, if you’re looking for a slim and earthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy, you found it.

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