Gerard Rafet

Gérard Raphet Bourgogne 2020

Even Bourgogne is expensive now, so making a smart choice is important. My general rule for Burgundy is that, if you are seeking a quality wine, follow the producer ahead of the terroir or vintage. This is of course contrary to much that is written about, or advised on, Burgundy. I concede that producers and terroir are not necessarily independent, since the better producers also will tend to have access to the better terroirs. However, I stand by following the producer in this region, as a general rule. In this case, this is a high quality Bourgogne from a good producer – Gérard Raphet – that justifies its extra cost with quality.  The wine has definitive pinot noir aromatics of red fruit and florals.  The palate has herbal and floral rose like characters and attractively firm tannins.  This is easily of Villages level quality and provides serious drinking for a Bourgogne.  Drink over the next 8 years. Rating: Very Good (★★★★, 91 points). Website: None. Tasted: June 2023.





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