Domaine Michel Sarrazin et Fils Bourgogne Rouge 2013
The Sarrazin family have lived in the hamlet of Charnailles, just outside Jambles in the Côte Chalonnaise since 1671. Established by its namesake, Domaine Michel Sarrazin et Fils comprises 35 heactares stretching from Maranges in the Côtes de Beaune to Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise. Today the domaine is run by Michel’s two sons, Guy and Jean-Yves.
The Sarrazins prefer vineyards situated on the hillsides with Michel being one of the first to plant the higher altitude slopes behind Givry. These sites provide the Sarrazin cuvées with greater depth, concentration and definition than wines from the more commonly planted flats of Givry.
Guy and Jean-Yves have implemented a raft of measures in both vineyard and winery to ensure the wines achieve maximum concentration while preserving their freshness and purity. Viticulture is fairly traditional with lutte raisonée (reasonable viticulture) being practiced. Severe green harvesting and the resulting low yields is the means by which they extract concentration far exceeding the norms for their appellations.
Vinification is a mix of traditional and modern. The reds are de-stemmed then loaded to traditional open fermenters where they undergo a cold soak for 4 days before a relatively short fermentation. They are then run to barrel where they remain on fine lees without being racked until bottling. A fairly high percentage of new oak - 50% - is used with the balance being one and two year old barrels. The reds are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The brothers keep fairly good company at the tables of Burgundy so it is only natural that they use many of the same techniques as their friends.
Sarrazin are below the radar of most of the press thanks largely to their vineyards being in the lesser Burgundy appellations. But what they lack here is made up for the rave reviews among drinkers and bloggers in their export markets with the overwhelming theme being value for money. These are pure, concentrated wines expressive of both terroir and fruit that will give pleasure at any stage of their evolution.