• Côte de Beaune Last Dance: The 2014 Range from Vincent Dancer

    Côte de Beaune Last Dance: The 2014 Range from Vincent Dancer

    There was a cold morning in April 2012 visiting with Vincent Dancer  when that name didn't set off alarm bells as it does today. The wines have recently been officially picked up by a US importer and what once was a secret domaine quietly tucked into Chassagne Montrachet is now on the lips of collectors well versed with Roulot, PYCM, Lafon, and Carillon. The timing of the pitch-perfect 2014 vintage release had me dead set on securing the lion's share for California. The mystery behind the man is slowly subsiding, but the clamor for the singular mineral delicacy in his wines has reached fever pitch.

    Vincent originally came to Burgundy from Alsace and quietly grew his estate into five hectares of vines. He became the very first vigneron in the fabled village of Chassagne-Montrachet to become certified organic. Slowly his wines began to show up on Michelin star restaurants throughout France and the accolades began to follow:


    “The highly gifted perfectionist, Vincent Dancer, incarnates the new generation of young, dynamic wine growers.”  -La Revue du Vin de France

    Dancer's style is one that looks to tell the story of vineyard and vintage without any background noise. There are no yeasts, enzymes, acid adjustments, fining, or filtering. Battonage, a practice widely used in Chassagne to give weight, texture, and creaminess to wines in not utilized here. He set a course on expressing the most precise and laser-focused reflection of terroir, while fully grasping a wine's drinkability and deliciousness comes first.

    His stable of cuvées features top sites within Meursault and Chassagne, but it's his Bourgogne Blanc that most captures his skill. By working with very tiny yields he's able to endow a concentration and sense of impact rare for the humble category.Judging a winemaker by their Bourgogne is fair and with Dancer you'll find a serious reward. In the end, all cuvées walk that ultimate high wire act of lacy texture with immense depth of flavor.

    Meursault Les Corbins comes from the northern end of the village where richer and more textural Chardonnays are common. This shows a rare combination of saturating texture with a crushed rock, salty finish.

    Meursault 1er Cru Tête du Clos comes from a special walled-in-parcel located within the 1er Cru Morgeot vineyard. Crystalline and full of verve. The most choice parcel within the very large Morgeot.

    Meursault 1er Cru La Romanée is the richest of the Chassagne wines here. Located next to the famed Grandes Ruchottes vineyard. It's power stands out in Dancer's range immediately.

    Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières is the greatest vineyard of Meursault. It has a seductive texture and length of finish that is Grand Cru in all but name. Along with Les Amoureuses in Chambolle and Clos Saint Jacques in Gevrey, Perrières is a prime example of how judging a wine by it's appellation designation could mean missing out on true greatness.

    2014 has now shown itself appropriately placed in the pantheon of the great white vintages over the last several decades. Thick skins, high ripeness, and pronounced acidity is the 1-2-3 combo for Chardonnay royalty. This is clearly the last available wines from the vintage and I am thrilled to offer a wide range today, as well as some special back-vintage selections.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Bourgogne Blanc 
    $39 per bottle.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Meursault Les Corbins
    $59 per bottle.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
    $104 per bottle.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée
    $109 per bottle.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $199 per bottle.


    Back-Vintage Gems

    2013 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $187 per bottle.

    2012 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $224 per bottle.

    2007 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $229 per bottle.

    2004 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
    $149 per bottle.

    Posted by Max Kogod
  • Ultimate Precision from the Côte de Beaune: Vincent Dancer

    Ultimate Precision from the Côte de Beaune: Vincent Dancer

    On a frigid April morning in 2012 I visited with a newer producer for me. There were lots of rumblings about what Vincent Dancer was doing in Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Some had spoken about his radical approach, others simply noted that his Chardonnay from his grand vineyards were a departure from what his neighbors had been producing for generations. After meeting and tasting with the humble, and somewhat shy Dancer, it became clear as day that this was the domaine I would have a laser-focus on going forward. My plans to open my shop were still years ahead, but I began collecting Dancer's wines for myself immediately.

    Vincent came from Alsace and quietly grew his estate in Chassagne-Montrachet into five hectares of vines. He became the very first vigneron in the fabled village of Chassagne to become certified organic. Slowly his wines began to show up onMichelin star restaurants throughout France. The accolades began to follow:

    “The highly gifted perfectionist, Vincent Dancer, incarnates the new generation of young, dynamic wine growers.”  -La Revue du Vin de France

    Dancer's style is one that looks to tell the story of vineyard and vintage without any background noise. There are no labratory yeasts, enzymes, acid adjustments, fining, or filtering. Battonage (stirring of the lees in barrel), a practice widely used in Chassagne to give weight, texture, and creaminess to wines in not utilized here. This is the ultimate hands-off approach to natural winemaking.

    Dancer's wines jump out initially for their intensity of bright, perfectly ripe fruit. The precision of each cuvée is finely woven and there's a tremendous difference between each of his bottlings. His style is most closely connected with Pierre Yves Colin-Morey, but yields are kept lower by Dancer and the wines showcase more concentration and power. And that is the secret to what makes these wines so marvelous. They walk that ultimate high wire of lean, defined structure with a huge depth of flavor intensity and concentration.

    I've been assembling this relatively large collection of wines from Vincent for some time now. The 2014 vintage marks the first time these have been widely imported to the United States, and I jumped on them.

    2014 is clearly shaping up to be one of the greatest white Burgundy vintages over the last several decades. The hallmark was thick skins with a tremendous amount of extract met with bright acidity that provided a once-in-a-decade like balance. It reminds me quite a lot of the 2015 vintage throughout Gemany. The wines are not short on power, and they are filled with a rocky core of minerality with all the buffering needed to signify a near perfect vintage.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Bourgogne Blanc 
    $39

    2014 Vincent Dancer Meursault Les Corbins
    $59
    From the northern end of the village where richer and more textural Chardonnays are common, this shows a rare combination of saturating texture with a firm mineral spine.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
    $104
    From a special walled-in-parcel located in the 1er Cru Morgeot vineyard. Crystalline, full of verve. Considered to be a Grand Cru level parcel within Morgeot.


    2014 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée
    $109
    The richest of the Chassagne wines here. Located next to the famed Grandes Ruchottes vineyard.

    2014 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $199
    The greatest vineyard of Meursault. With air notes of hazelnuts, meyer lemon, and cream. All in a Grand Cru-level chiseled frame. The ultimate combination of power and finesse!

    Back-Vintage Gems:

    2013 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $187

    2012 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $224

    2007 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $229

    2012 Vincent Dancer Bourgogne Blanc
    $47

    2004 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
    $149

    Posted by Max Kogod