Philippe Pernot was born into a wine family. His grandfather, Paul Pernot is a living legend in Puligny-Montrachet. Who better to learn how to make wine from? And though Philippe continues to work for the family’s famous domaine, he has been making wine at Pernot Belicard since 2009 from 6 hectares of vineyards acquired through marriage to a Mlle Belicard.
The Premier Cru Pertuisots vineyard sits along the line of Premier Cru vinyeards west of the village. The 2015 vintage for white Burgundy was a good one, with plenty of ripe fruit and freshness in the wines. The young Pernot’s grape sorting regimen, put into place in 2014, helps immensely as the fruit is picked by hand and travels over a shaker table prior to selection.
The uptick in quality of Philippe’s wines is garnering attention from writers, some of whom call his domaine “one to watch.” This 2015 Pertuisots exhibits lovely aromas of orchard fruit and spice, the palate is fresh and round, and it finishes soft and balanced. It’s in the zone! Drink now-2029.
A project begun in 1964 with the acquisition of a plot in Gevrey-Chambertin, the Boisset family’s Domaine de la Vougeraie has continued to grow and now boasts some 44 hectares of vines in 36 appellations. They received official certification for farming organically in 2000 and have been practicing biodynamic techniques since 2001.
On the border between the Beaune and Savigny appellations is where one finds the Premier Cru Les Marconnets vineyard, which runs through both villages. Vougeraie’s plot is just northwest of the city of Beaune. The 2018 vintage was a ripe one with plenty of clean, healthy fruit harvested with little need for sorting.
Vougeraie’s 2018 Les Marconnets shows fresh aromas of earthy red and black cherry with forest floor. On the palate, its punchy fruit sits center stage to an amalgam of complex notes of minerals and spices. The finish is long and concentrated, suggesting time in the cellar will be good for this wine. If pouring soon, we recommend decanting, otherwise drink it from 2025-2040.