Bernard Vallet

Burgundy

Burgundy

The Maison Pierre Bourée in Gevrey-Chambertin links an earlier Burgundy with that of today.  “Maison” recalls Bourée’s negociant roots and reminds us that today’s near-universal practice of vinification and sale by individual growers is only a few generations old.  Over the course of its 150 years, Bourée has steadily accumulated its own vineyards, including a very fine village monopole in Gevrey-Chambertin, the Clos de la Justice, and so it’s well-positioned for today’s world.

In style, too, Bourée has bridges to the past.  Today’s market demands early maturity and softer tannins, which means that most producers de-stem their grapes before fermentation.  Bourée has stuck with long-held techniques, using only ambient yeasts and fermenting whole clusters for several days, bringing plenty of tannin into the mix.  These techniques make for wines that need time before they are ready to drink.  

More recent vintages edge closer to the contemporary style, but we’re pleased to have gotten access to some of the older vintages. The Bourée family domaine in Gevrey-Chambertin is home to a warren of underground cellars, holding stocks dating well back into the 1980s. It can be hard for wine buyers to track the provenance and history of bottles from a decade ago, but at Bourée it’s simple — they’ve never left home.

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