91 Points - Tim Atkin
Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Verdet: Two syllables which elicit strong emotions from our wine sourcing team. We’ve fallen hard for this son of the pioneer in sustainable and organic viticulture. Aurelien’s 2011 Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes is a Borgogne Rouge that transports us to the ethereal heights that only sublime Burgundy can reach. No entry-level bottle, this palate of ripe, red berries, heady leather, woodsy must, and lacey spice urges you to murmur of its greatness in hushed tones.
Aurelien Verdet is our favorite Burdunian “value” producer. The bright and young winemaker, like his wines, have matured into a driven viticulturalist and dedicated winemaker. Now in his mid-30s, his wines showcase the best of Burgundy’s values: organic farming, hand harvesting, absolute devotion to each vineyard plot.
As the verdict on the 2011 harvest rolled in, the world watching with bated breath should have looked to Aurelien’s lead. The vintage smiled on Vosne-Romanee and Verdet’s old vine Pinot has an aura of greatness, the strength of the splendor of the year and Aurelien’s masterful winemaking.
Why we love it:
Verdet’s vineyard plots for this Burgundian marvel are named Les Ormes, La Colombiere, Jacquilines, and Ravioles. The precious vines here were planted in the 1970s and have their roots sunk deep into the hallowed soils.
With neighbors like Domaine de la Romanee Conti, you might think that selling these wines would be a snap. But for producers like Verdet, who rely on generational wisdom and sound knowledge of the land, the end goal isn’t to produce wines that only the most elite can enjoy…it’s to produce wines that bring the greatness of Burgundy to the world.
Jancis Robinson put it elegantly when she wrote “that is the case, evidence that this young winemaker knows what he is doing in the field and in the cellar.” He sure does, indigenous yeasts, slow and soft maceration, a highly specific French Oak aging regimin…every painstakingly meticulous detail is attended to ensure that this wine shines in your glass.
The perfect balance like the perfectly cooked meal! Crimson in color and layered with texture and mouthfeel. The Vosne Romanee wines from Verdet are stand outs. Starting with a gorgeously floral bouquet with notes of vibrant red fruits and earth tones. The palate is full of beautiful tannins and acid balance layered with black currants and black cherries, light tobacco leaf, and a bit more than a kiss of dirt. This Burg is by no means funky farm but graceful, elegant, racy and delish! The age is showing very nicely on this 2011.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
Alain Verdet, Aurelien’s father and a fellow Burgundian winemaker, was a true pioneer of organic viticulture and oenology in this part of France. Alain passed his winemaking philosophy along with the family’s small but propitious vineyard holdings to his son, as is traditional in Burgundy. And all those decades of sustainable farming practices continue to pay off, as evidenced in this classic Gevery-Chambertin.
Our favorite darker Burgundy pairing is the perfectly seared skin of a duck breast drizzled with black cherry sauce and pistachio crumbles. Pair it with mashed cauliflower and sauteed greens or chard. Throw some pistachio crumbles over everything on this plate = delish!