"This is a gorgeous set of wines from brothers Eric and Jean-Luc Burguet.
 - Stephen Tanzer of Vinous (January 2017)

Finding Gevrey Chambertin villages cuvées that strictly rely on old vines is rare. Fourrier and Bachelet are famous for this. Vielles Vignes (old vine) bottlings can have different criteria based on producer, and for this we must be surgical in selection. When it comes to Burguet's 1908-planted vines in Gevrey Chambertin we're talking about the real McCoy.

It was Denis Bachelet's importer, Becky Wasserman, who introduced me to the Mes Favorites cuvée from brothers, Eric and Jean-Luc Burguet. Taking cues from icons, Fourrier and Bachelet these 100-yr-old vines produce tiny berries that benefit from 100% de-stemming and gentle extaction. The counterpunch between these deep, concentrated wines and the silky, underlying mineral bead is why the purest wines of Gevrey garner so much attention. In the minuscule, but monumental 2015 vinage this combo is lights-out.

Alain Burguet is famous for starting this domaine from the ground up in 1974, a true rarity in Gevrey Chambertin where inheritance and marriage are the keys to owning 100-yr-old vines. In the late 90's Alain's two sons began to take over and implement some changes with an eye toward showing an even more polished, transparent, and mineral-driven side of this grand village known for muscularity. Terroir focus through low new oak, low sulphur, native yeast ferments, and minimal extraction have all been keys in this domaine's rise.

I was blown away by the balance and silken 2014 edition of this wine, but in 2015 it's obvious the total package was fully realized. Burgundy's northern Côte de Nuits section is Pinot Noir territory, home to all but one of the red Grand Crus. The Burguet floors me in capturing so much of the grandeur and saturatingly dark fruit of the village that's home to nine Grand Crus. While these top bottlings fetch record amounts, it's the diamonds in the rough, like Mes Favorites. that the ultimate insiders turn to for the greatest value.


2015 Alain Burguet Gevrey Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes
$93 per bottle.
"As to the wines, they are certainly ripe but what is so interesting about the vintage is that it produced fresh and inviting wines that remain very Burgundian." My sense of the quality chez Burguet is exactly what was described, which is to say ripe but refreshing, vibrant and delicious wines that possess very good typicity. If you enjoy the Burguet style then the 2015s should definitely be of interest."
- Allen Meadows of Burghound (January 2017) 
 
"Black cherry, blackberry, menthol, licorice and cloves are some of the many notes that run through Burguet's 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes. The 2015 brings together the richness of fruit that is so typical of the year along with enough structure to age well for at least a handful of years."
- Antonio Galloni of Vinous (January 2017)