As the story goes, this was the wine that led Kermit to Jean-Marc Vincent. Appropriate, because it seems to me just the kind of wine Kermit likes to have up his sleeve to surprise his most discerning customers. “See if you can guess where this one’s from,” he might say. As you would marvel over the explosive roundness balanced by the stony, mineral freshness, he’d nod and tell you it’s an Auxey blanc. And just like that, your paradigm would shift, and you’d have a taste of the satisfaction he gets from sharing such rare pearls.
|Producer:||Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent|
|Winemaker:||Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent|
|Vineyard:||20, 55 years, .90 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for a minimum of 15 months|
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.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117