Laurent Martelet with the Bois de Blagny in the background
Blagny: Burgundy’s Best-Kept Secret
by Tom Wolf
High on the hill above the towns of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet lies a small forest called the Bois de Blagny. Vineyards steeper than most in Burgundy cascade down just beneath these woods, leading, lower on the hill, to these villages’ most famous premiers crus. A few decades ago, only some of the boldest, most talented vignerons made wine from the vines bordering the bois. The grapes up there ripened later and with less reliability than those down below. And as Kermit wrote about Jobard’s Meursault-Blagny in 1980, “It has some of the austerity of Chablis, and is always firmer, more reticent than other Meursaults when young.” Today, these vines are among the most coveted in Meursault and Puligny. As temperatures rise in Burgundy—and most everywhere else—Blagny’s vines enjoy some of the latest and most leisurely ripening of the entire village. The pioneers below have believed in wines bearing the Blagny name for years and have accordingly mastered the nuances of the stony, high-elevation terroirs. We have worked with Antoine Jobard and his family for four decades and they have bottled a stellar Meursault-Blagny for even longer than that. Comtesse de Chérisey is arguably the specialist of this terroir, serving as the sole steward of the Genelotte premier cru and farming several other surrounding parcels. Finally, the Larue family—like Chérisey—is made up of Blagny true believers, producing premier cru Puligny-Montrachet and Blagny cuvées from the special Sous le Puits site. The rouge, in particular, is rare given how miniscule the production is, and it is gorgeous. Do not miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with what is arguably Burgundy’s best-kept secret—for now—and one of the region’s most special sources of world-class whites and reds.
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