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Domaine Sylvie Esmonin

About the Producer

Region: Gevrey-Chambertin

Located on the edge of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, at the foot of the legendary Clos Saint-Jacques, Sylvie has cultivated 7 hectares under her own name since 1988. Her deep knowledge of the vines and meticulous vinification techniques result in wines of great maturity and intensity, capable of long ageing. An energetic and passionate winemaker, as well as an avid traditionalist, Sylvie spends most of her time tending her vines. The domaine has followed biodynamic principles for over 20 years and is now fully organic. Grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in open wooden vats before going into barrel for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Barrels are of various ages to accommodate the different cuvées, with only Clos Saint-Jacques using a higher proportion of new oak. She uses gravity pumping and bottling is without fining and filtration. The 2020s were picked from 27th August, the earliest harvest in the history of the domaine. Some of the wines were not quite complete when we tasted but this is clearly an exceptional year.

Tasting Notes

By James Snoxell, Fine Wine Buyer

2020 Bourgogne Rouge
£115 per 6 bottle case in bond

This richly textured Bourgogne Rouge, called ‘Cuvée Sylvie’, is juicy and fresh with an enticing bouquet of ripe forest fruits and violets. Upfront, succulent flavours are balanced by a lively freshness. Offering lovely depth and balance, this is delicious. Drink from 2023.

2020 Côte de Nuits Villages
£165 per 6 bottle case in bond

Very floral and bright with attractive redcurrant and black cherry notes on the nose and a hint of spice, this has lovely depth on the palate. Dark cassis and cool blueberry fruits are balanced by smooth tannins. As always, exceptional value. Drink from 2024.

2020 Gevrey-Chambertin
£230 per 6 bottle case in bond

The Gevrey-Chambertin Village was still going through malo when we tasted but there was plenty of vibrant blackberry and spicy dark plum fruit on the nose. Supple tannins balanced succulent red fruits on the palate. A wine with great promise. Drink from 2024.

2020 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
£265 per 6 bottle case in bond

This has a darker and richer character thanks to the 65-year-old vines. Offering deep plum and vibrant cassis fruits on the palate, with black cherries towards the finish, there is lots of intensity here with excellent balance and freshness. Drink from 2024.

2020 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
£300 per 6 bottle case in bond

This Santenots has aromas of plums and blackberries with warm spice notes. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with an ample structure and a core of succulent dark fruit, it will require a little time to come into its drinking window. Drinking from 2025.

2020 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint
£620 per 6 bottle case in bond

A terroir of exceptional pedigree, excluded from the Grand Cru classification in the 1930s, as it stands alone from Chambertin and Clos de Bèze, the 2020 shows incredible depths. A rich bouquet of dark forest fruits leads to a beautifully deep and well-defined palate with layers of succulent dark fruit and fine tannins. Very serious indeed and highly sought-after. Drink from 2027.

Burgundy 2020 Enquiry Form

Due to the high quality of the vintage and limited quantities, demand is sure to be very high with some cuvées, especially at Grand Cru level,
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