93 Insider Points
90 Points - Wine Spectator
The Grandest of Berges
And let me tell ya, it's worth every penny. The Pinots of Laurent Mouton have become favorites on my list of Burgundies for their easy drinkability and approachability. Just this past week, I sent a few bottles to my cousins on the east coast (newbies to the world of Burgs), and they were ecstatic to say the least. Another group of fans to this most infamous of regions. At $20, you can't go wrong here.
Bright red cherry and field berries on the nose. The palate brings out more cherry with wild raspberry, fresh forest floor and violet flowers. Well-balanced with beautiful tannins that flow through a medium finish. Get on the train with this one, it won't last.
93 Points - JZ February '18
"Juicy cherry and raspberry fruit heralds this fleshy, harmonious red. There's a firm structure for support and the finish lingers nicely. Drink now through 2022". - Wine Spectator
Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
From Côte Chalonnaise, north of the Mâconnais, this is a production that had our Sourcing Team gloating about. Pure Pinot that truly "represents the real value movement in Burgundy", it's a classic that takes the palate back in time to what Burgundy became famous for.
The wine that Mouton himself calls “delicate and greedy” it's wonderfully generous across the entire palate experience. Showing a sound foundation of ripe cherries and raspberries, that bright fruit sets the stage for a glass that clearly delivers through to the lingering and lush finish.
As Burgundy’s Givry region gains its rightful place in the international spotlight, the lush Pinot Noir grown by Laurent Mouton’s skillful hands is leading the charge. Among the 25 acres under the family estate in Givry, each single vineyard Premier Cru offers up its unique charm. The heady red berry flavors characteristic of La Grande Berge exemplifies the finesse not only of the vineyard, but of the winegrower as well.
Why we love it:
- Laurent Mouton’s eye for amazing raw materials sets him apart from his local compatriots. And given the family history, its no surprise. Eugene Mouton made his way to the vineyards after leaving the blacksmith trade, where he was a revered skilled tradesman.
- Eugene’s son Charles followed in his father’s footsteps when he purchased 7 ½ acres of vines in Givry. The third and fourth generations bring us to Laurent and his father Gerard. Laurent is the master of 30 acres of glorious Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay across Givry and its splendid Premier Cru plots.
- The limestone soils here host exceptional vines. The fruit here offers up rich fruit flavors balanced by stunning minerality and raw beauty. Such incredible Burgundy often requires a second mortgage, but given Mouton’s incredible skill and Givry’s under-the-radar status, this bottle is a steal.
Eugène MOUTON, at the origin of the first step of the estate in viticulture is followed by Charles who pursues with 3 hectares of vines then. After blacksmith trade he becomes winegrower. At the time, he produces and sales all of his production on the trade market.
Then, in 1968, Gérard, his son, succeed him. He expands the estate with his wife Armelle and begins production and sale of the first bottles in 1976. The estate develops until 1996. Without bottle production till 1976, 60000 bottle-necks per year leave the cellar today. Since May 2002, the vineyard continues with his son, Laurent.
The familial estate since 4 generations is growing now 12 hectares of vines in Bourgogne, Givry and Givry 1er Cru AOC. Our vines planted in limestone soils reveal fine and subtle white and red wines capable of age sheltered from the greed.
Pair with coq au vin, rosemary lamb, BBQ beef ribs, roasted root vegetables or blueberry pie.