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Barbarians at the Gate? The latest evolution of the Burgundy region


The red wine that comes from the Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Tart might not be at the top of every Burgundy-lover’s wish-list – that accolade probably belongs to the fabled Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. And if one had to conjure an image that defined the region, perhaps the Clos de Vougeot, with its 16thcentury château, well, that might be the one that ends up on the majority of wine geeks’ selfies.

Nevertheless, it is very much an iconic estate, sitting imperiously astride the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, with Gevrey-Chambertin to the north, and Chambolle-Musigny to the south. Indeed, the rows of Pinot Noir vines run in that direction, hugging the contours of the hill rather than lining up and down the slope (as is generally the norm), making it easy to spot from a distance.


About Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts joined the wine trade as a graduate trainee for John Harvey & Sons in 1986. However, rather than piling into the Bristol Cream, he instead found himself based in the wine merchant division’s London office in Pall Mall. From there, he swapped SW1 for NW1, joining Laytons, and then skulked south of the Thames to SE1, Charles Taylor Wines, in 1996. He now works for Decorum Vintners Ltd, which he helped set up in 1999, and where the focus is very much on the offerings of small wine-growers, specialising in France and Italy.

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