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Hallgarten banks on the Burgundy stars of tomorrow

Published:  14 November, 2017

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has overhauled its Burgundy list to put a greater focus on rising stars and lesser-known appellations.

The specialist importer has added a total of 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio, spanning 11 producers.

Seven of these are new to Hallgarten and bring the total number of Burgundian producers to 22.

The importer is well-known for keeping customers in the on-trade and independent merchants stocked with wines from classic Bourgogne appellations including Domaine Pierre Naigeon and Domaine Robert Gibourg from the Côte-d'Or, and Domaine Ferrand from Mâconnais.

The additions include wines from the big-name Côte-d'Or appellations: Puligny, Meursault and Gevrey-Chambertin – the last of which is home to new producer Domaine Bidault.

Domaine Bidault’s winemaker Sebastian Bidault makes organic Gevrey-Chambertin from a single hectare.

The expanded list also however includes a number of up-and-coming areas including Auxey-Duresses and Ladoix in the Côte de Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses in Côte d’Or and Mercurey in Côte Chalonnaise.

French wine buyer, Beverly Tabbron MW, said Burgundy provides “uncompromising quality at every level” - if you know where to look.

“We have focused on some of the smaller, less well-known appellations in the region, and on those that are responsible for putting Burgundy on the map. Each wine we have introduced has been selected on its merits and is intended to really standout on a wine list, and on a wine merchant’s shelf,” she said.

The list of smaller producers include Domaine Slyvain Loichet, described as a ‘new wave winemaker’ operating in less fashionable sites such as Ladoix and Pernand Vergelesses.

Sustainable winemaker Philippe Bouzereau, who is a ninth-generation grower in Meursault is also on the list.

The family Domaine is based in the historic Château de Cîteaux, where vines were first planted by the monks of Citeaux in 1098.

Photo: Chateau de Citeaux Vineyards in Meursault