We are tireless in our pursuit of Burgundies that are both expressive of place and that offer great value. It's a real bonus when the wines are on their way to maturity, as this one is, and are eloquent without requiring further slumber in ever-so-precious cellar-space. Here, the winemaker's location in the overlooked village of Chorey goes a long way to explaining the lack of notice these wines have received despite their high quality.
Domaine Michel Gay was born, as so many domaines are, from the bi-partite split in 1992 of Michel and François when it came time to continue their father's work. Since Michel's retirement in 2001, Sebastien Gay has been at the head of the domaine which has recently seen so many heartening improvements in quality. The sorting of grapes is severe and the wines are fermented in concrete. They see long elevage in mostly old barrel for between 14 and 18 months. Although based in Chorey, south of Ladoix, his prime holdings are the Corton Renardes and this first class Savigny vineyard.
Beneath the Bois de Noel and mostly east facing, the Vergelesses premier cru is perhaps the finest and certainly the most emblematic of Savigny vineyards. It marries power with finesse, small red fruits with iron and earth.
The 2014 Vergelesses is wonderfully open aromatically while classically structured in the palate. Bright spicy red and black cherry are mingled with freshly turned earth. The mid-palate is full and there is a pronounced note of iron which tempers the fruit. If you are looking for classically styled Burgundy of high-quality that is ready to drink and all at an accessible price point, you need look no further.