ABOUT: I bet this is what top Cote d’Or producers have in their pantries at home. Domaine Robert-Denogent is a needle in the Macon haystack which is a tall stack of delightful, mostly okay, good value wine. Pair the good value with outstanding quality from old vines which are treated to a biodynamic diet and made in the same fashion as their northerly neighbors, and you have Denogent. Grandson Jean-Jacques Robert took the reigns from grandpa in the late 80’s when the wine was mostly sold in bulk. He became switched on to the influence of Marcel Lapierre and Kermit Lynch and began incorporating organic and biodynamic methods to his check list, a particularly successful move vastly improving the quality of his lil bit of the Macon. The Chardonnay and Gamay blows our doors off, definitely a wine to know if you don’t know.
TASTE: Anthony Lynch had this to say about this beauty: “A Macon extension of the notorious Morgon Gang of Four in spirit and in practice, Jean-Jacques Robert and his sons have recently added this super-aromatic, ethereal Beaujolais to their repertoire. They source it from one of Jules Chauvet’s old vineyards and produce it according to the principles he pioneered: treating the vineyard with respect and coaxing a genuine, unadulterated expression of Gamay. You’ll love the inviting nose of spices and its silky-smooth fruit on the palate, so bright you can almost feel it radiating from within. Beyond that, it is just utterly swallowable.”
PAIR: Tofu blt sandwich, Thai yellow chickpea curry with potatoes, brie and cucumber on a baguette, cherry pecan stuffing, goldfish crackers, risotto with asparagus and baby bok choy, and a deep dish Chicago style pizza pie.