2020 Domaine Etienne Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses Les Combottes, Cote d'Or, France
It’s easy to miss the petite hamlet of Pernand-Vergelesses, hiding behind
bulk of the noble Corton hill. Yet this Côte de Beaune village, with its
impeccable vineyards, is a treasure trove of refined Burgundy wines. For
more than three generations, the Delarche family has crafted authentic,
earthy and expressive Burgundy in Pernand, much under the radar of the
Burgundy cognoscenti. Yet Delarche Burgundy offers a clarity and purity
of flavor that is captivating; whites are creamy and concentrated, taking a
cue from Corton-Charlemagne, while reds are spicy and refined, seductive
from the moment they’re bottled yet able to age effortlessly for years.
WINERY: Domaine Etienne Delarche
WINEMAKER: Etienne Delarche
REGION: FRANCE • Burgundy • Côte de Beaune • Pernand-Vergelesses
APPELLATION: Pernand-Vergelesses AOC
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
VINEYARDS: The ‘Combottes’ vineyard faces east and sits high up on the
slope, between 750 and 900 feet. Soils combine clay and limestone marl.
AGE OF VINES: 30+ years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Destemmed and pressed; fermented on
indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Aged in older French barrels for one
year. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of light spice, crushed stones, lemon zest.
Light on the tongue; flavors of apples, lemons and a peppery finish.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Salads; shellfish such as oysters or clams; tangy,
fresh French cheese