Fresh, Detailed, “Outstanding” Bourgogne Rouge

“very pretty with a lively finish” – Jasper Morris MW

The 2021 vintage was a curveball in Burgundy. The growing season was considerably cooler and wetter than the recent spate of record-setting hot and dry summers. The 2021 red Burgundies are somewhat of a throwback – beautiful clarity, with a refreshing, subtle touch that calls to mind the Pinots of a decade ago.

Winemaker Philippe Cheron’s newly formed Domaine du Couvent is quietly making a stellar name for itself from its unmarked and unadorned cuverie in Nuits-St-Georges. Cheron perfectly navigated the 2021 vintage, and his wines are beautifully formed from top to bottom. None was more successful than his humble Bourgogne rouge.

Cheron’s only regional-level wine comes from two plots around Gevrey-Chambertin, and the wine’s fruit has an unmistakably Côte de Nuits tenor. The nose is dark and pretty with violets and red berries; the mouth is sleek and fresh with notable length and notes of plum, rose petals, and toast. Burghound awarded it his “outstanding for the appellation” award, finding it “vibrant and solidly voluminous” with “good detail and… fine length.” Jasper Morris found it “very pretty with a lively finish”

There’s lots of Bourgogne rouge around, but most of it isn’t half this good.


Couvent Bourgogne rouge 2021
bottle price: $42

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