Bourgogne Aligoté 2009, Domaine Roulot
Domaine Guy Roulot
|Producer||Domaine Guy Roulot|
|Region||Burgundy & Chablis|
Notes & Scores
Armit Tasting Note
Forward, fruity and floral, this is already in a perfect place, its lemon freshness combining well with the generosity of the vintage. Does anyone make a better Aligoté than Jean-Marc?
After World War One, Paul Roulot started to piece the Domaine together, purchasing small parcels of land, a process accelerated by his son Guy, until his tragically early death in 1982. It is Guy who must take most of the credit for creating the Domaine as we know it today. In addition to his astute purchases, he had also married a member of the Coche family, thereby adding further holdings in Meursault, Auxey-Duresses and Monthélie. At the time of his death though, their son Jean-Marc was working as an actor so various winemakers stepped in until Jean-Marc returned in 1988. Since then, he has committed himself to the Domaine and has raised it to new heights, reaching the point today where it is regarded amongst the top producers in Meursault. Without question, Jean-Marc is now producing wine that is the equal of anyone in the Côte. With Jean-Marc’s careful attention to detail, strict control of yield and love for precision and purity, a tasting here is truly revelatory.
Burgundy has always fascinated and frustrated in equal measure. For every eulogising, life-changing proclamation from someone realising wine nirvana, there is some poor soul somewhere bashing their head in perplexity. At its best, Burgundy can provide the ultimate- the transcendental, mystifying, unexplainable pleasure that only truly great wine can bring. But at its worst, it can be an expensive mistake, bring disillusion and even provoke anger.
For sure, Burgundy is not the region of choice for the unadventurous or risk averse! How then to navigate the minefield? Our advice has always been, and still is, to get to know the growers. It sounds like simple advice but with so many producers, from powerful négociant houses to the new breed of micro négociants, from large, historic estates to tiny family domaines, you need to know where to turn and who can be relied upon.
At Armit Wines we work with growers who we count amongst our friends who are by definition, people who won't let you down. These are personal contacts gleaned from years of visiting, talking, tasting and building relationships. Some friendships grow whilst others fade of course but the great ones endure: legendary, ground-breaking growers such as Anne-Claude Leflaive and Guillaume d'Angerville; superstars such as Pascal Lachaux, Christophe Roumier, Jean-Marc Roulot and the Raveneau brothers; under-appreciated talents such as Patrick Bize and Richard Fontaine.