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Rodolphe Demougeot Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy 2018

FRANCE
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CHARDONNAY
EARTHY & COMPLEX
BIODYNAMIC FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+
Winemaker: Rodolphe Demougeot

Farming: Biodynamic
Variety: Chardonnay, 0.61 hectare parcel planted in 1967, 1986 and 2003
Terroir: Declassified Meursault, Limestone and clay with deep topsoil
Vinification: Hand-picked, whole-cluster spontaneous fermentation.
Aging: Aged in 90% old 228l and 350l oak barrels for one year, then racked into stainless steel tank for five to six months before bottling in the spring. It’s not fined but is lightly filtered. The first addition of sulfites is made before the bottling. 


From our July 2022 Half Case Club:

Rodolphe Demougeot | Bourgogne Blanc  | Burgundy, France | 2018

    I haven’t quite been able to figure out why the wines of Rodolphe Demougeot have yet to catch fire, given their incredible quality and favorable pricing (as far as Burgundy is concerned), but in the meantime, we are taking full advantage at Decant. His wines are straightforward and delicious, providing clean and resonating examples of their terroir. But it’s his approach that sets him apart. 

    Rodolphe inherited a small family estate in the Côte de Beaune in 1992, and in the years since has worked diligently to return the land to its natural state. As he says, he “learned how to do perfect chemical farming from his family and had to deprogram his vineyards and himself, which took a lot of time”. His fortitude of effort has paid phenomenal dividends. While he has grown the humble Domaine to eight hectares, he has also taken on a rather unique path to production in Burgundy. Through the mid-2000s, he systematically abandoned synthetic treatments of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers one step at a time. Today, the moon is his compass for the timing of processes during growing, farming, picking, racking, and bottling…an uncommon approach in Burgundy!

    This entry-level Bourgogne Blanc is drawn from a vineyard within the Meursault commune, so we in the biz like to refer to it as “Baby Meursault”. Rodolphe’s approach is simple in a way: the Chardonnay grapes are whole-cluster pressed and the juice settled overnight before racking to barrel for a naturally occurring fermentation. The wine is nervy, racing with acidity and minerality. We first tasted it at the end of last year and decided that while we wanted to feature it in the bottle club, we also wanted to wait for the wine to settle in a bit further before sharing. I recommend opening it up an hour or so before diving in and enjoying it alongside food. Simple roast chicken, a buttery seafood dish, or a ripe, grassy cheese will all make for marvelous companions! -Simi Grewal