Jean-Marc and his wife, Anne-Marie, are a rare breed in Burgundy these days— the one that truly lives by the credo that if you want something done right you’ve just got to do it yourself. No employees, no consultants, and of course, all that comes with that, including no time and no vacation. They don’t seem to want it any other way. This Gravières has loads of fruit, and it’s also got that unique Burgundy—and, more precisely, Santenay—earthiness to it that can turn the accidental sipper into a full-blown connoisseur. This is the style of Burgundy that makes you think, “How’d they do that?” It has put countless people down the one-way path of all-out Burgundy geekery. Sip with caution unless you are ready to go down that path...
Anne-Marie and Jean-Marc Vincent inherited most of their vines, principally located in and around the village of Santenay in the southern Côte de Beaune, from Jean-Marc’s grandfather, André Bardollet-Bravard. They produce three premier cru reds and two premier cru whites from Santenay, in addition to a red and a white Auxey-Duresses. The Vincents’ wine operation is a family affair and A-M and J-M split their time between the vineyards, cellars and their young children. All of their wines are a testament to the importance of vigneron talent in a given appellation. While a great vigneron can make over-achievers from any appellation, a great appellation will never be great in the hands of mediocrity.
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