Burgundy Northern Satellites: Irancy & Saint-Bris

In his most recent article on Vinous Neal Martin reminds us, "as prices in the Côte d’Or become increasingly prohibitive, alternatives such as Irancy and Saint-Bris become increasingly worth investigating. Therefore, during my week in Chablis, I organized a blind tasting of Irancy wines with the BIVB and visited a couple of its more reputed vignerons. Instead of lumping them in with my report on Chablis, I chose to keep these producers separate in order to give them well-deserved limelight and not least because, despite their proximity, their wines are totally different to those of Chablis. A third reason is simple. Some of their best wines taste damn good." See what you think of the exciting wines from these satellite appellations in Neal's tasting notes below. Cheers!

Benoit Cantin

Palotte Irancy Pinot Noir 2010

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9.3

The 2010 Irancy Palotte has a fresh, quite vibrant bouquet of red currant, cranberry and pressed flowers, followed by hints of orange peel and sage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a superb structure and a complex mixture of black and red fruit laced with clove, bay leaf, curry leaf and a touch of sage once again. A captivating Irancy that should easily age another decade. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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Domaine Verret

Irancy Elevé En Fût De Chêne Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2016 Irancy Fut de Chêne has a bright red cherry and cranberry bouquet with touches of pressed flowers - perhaps a hint of iris. The well-balanced palate offers a fine bead of acidity and gently gripping tannins, then delivers clean blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with brine toward the finish. Excellent. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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Guilhem et Jean Hugues Goisot

Bourgogne Aligoté 2015

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9.2

The 2015 Bourgogne-Côtes d’Auxerre Gueule de Loup has an engaging, complex bouquet of dried honey, pine cones and a touch of orange peel and black currant leaf. The palate is very well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity, and the finish conveys a simmering tension. Discreet stem ginger and white pepper notes are sprinkled liberally on the aftertaste. Superb. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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Franck Givaudin

Irancy Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2016 Irancy is 100% Pinot Noir. It was cropped at just 10hl/ha because of the frost and spent 14 months in Burgundy pièces. It has an attractive bouquet of confit-like red cherries, iodine and a touch of brown spice. The well-balanced palate presents sappy red berry fruit, fine but grippy tannin and a harmonious and quite persistent and fresh finish. This is a really impressive Irancy that does the AOC proud. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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Thierry Richoux

Veaupessiot Irancy Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2015 Irancy Veaupessiot, aged entirely in demi-muids, has a very pure and detailed bouquet of black cherries, raspberry, hints of rose petal and fine mineralité, equal to a premier cru Côte d’Or Rouge. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannin, perfectly pitched acidity and a pure, quite sensual finish that fans out with red cherries, raspberry and saline notes. Wonderful. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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Domaine Bersan

Cuvée Louise Bersan Irancy Pinot Noir

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9.1

The 2015 Irancy Cuvée Louis Bersan, which is aged in 35% new oak, has an attractive bouquet of well-defined cranberry, wild strawberry and briar scents. The palate is well balanced, displaying fine tannin and a lovely marine influence with hints of brine toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. Superb. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 5 months ago

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