“Rose Petals & Violets:” Terrific 2019 Beaune 1er Cru

Classic red Burgundy from an underrated terroir

Tucked away in the picturesque valley between Meursault and Volnay, the charming village of Auxey-Duresses is home to Michel Prunier and his daughter Estelle. They’re among the brightest names in this humble town, and a favorite of Vinous writer Neal Martin. Martin has visited for over two decades, and characterizes them as an “old-school producer” with “premier crus worth hunting down, as they represent good value.”

Martin (and we too) were really impressed with Prunier’s 2019s, which combine the ripeness of the vintage with the sturdy armature of classic red Burgundy. On the 2019s at Prunier, Martin writes “they represent honest and true reflections of their terroirs…considering that these continue to be sold at very reasonable prices, they are certainly worth looking out for.”

The Prunier’s farm a small half-acre plot in Premier Cru Sizies, one of the Beaune appellation’s top locations. This wine is terrific today, and a beautiful combination of old school structure and modern richness. The nose is floral and intense, with a stony minerality behind the lush fruit. Martin found “a concentrated bouquet with strong rose petal and violet.” The oak, once noticeable, has melted perfectly into the cushion of wild cherries.

In the mouth this is terrific, showing intense red fruits with a crunchy chalkiness and smooth, plump finish. This wine begs for traditional Burgundian fare, and a steak-frites would be a perfect match. Otherwise try with something richer and autumny – mushroom risotto or a cozy stew.


Prunier Beaune 1er “Sizies” 2019
bottle price: $59

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