Let the wines do the talking
Gérard Raphet - the quiet man of Morey-Saint-Denis - lets his wines do the talking. With some exceptional terroir to play with and some very old vines, his wines exude "terroir". His impressive holdings (totally 12 hectares) include five cuvees coming from four of the best Cote de Nuits Grands Crus – Chambertin Clos de Beze, Charmes Chambertin, Clos de la Roche and Clos de Vougeot. He has two cuvees from Clos Vougeot (a standard Grand Cru and a Vieilles Vignes) as well as three top Premier Cru sites, plus village wines from Chambolle Musigny and Morey-Saint-Denis.
Purity and precision
Raphet’s style is one of purity and precision over and above power and concentration. But don’t be fooled; his lightly-coloured Pinots have a deceptive intensity, often described as the epitome of purity and finesse, and "a real Burgundy lover’s Burgundy". His light extraction and low percentage of new oak (15%) promote distinct terroir characteristics over winemaking techniques, whilst the incredibly old vines only further accentuate the terroir of each vineyard.
From Generation to generation
Gérard Raphet is the third generation of the Raphet family to work on these plots and he has learnt the trade through experience and knowledge passed down from generation to generation - rather than from oenology schooling. His daughter Marion now works alongside her father in the vineyard and winery. With strictly controlled yields, sorting and no fining or filtration, the wine is Cote de Nuits for purists.
Neal Martin highlights the domaine on his latest report on the Cote de Nuit stating: “I absolutely loved the two latest vintages of Clos de Vougeot, so much so that I was compelled to mention Raphet here and make a vow to visit the domaine on my next visit to Burgundy.” (July 2018)
Raphet's only white
This Aligoté is the only white wine of Gérard Raphet's shining red career. Our winemaker dedicates himself with amusement to the vinification of the Aligoté, impressing also on this product his tension towards elegance, keeping faith with a traditional approach of the grape transformation protocols. We are sure that if he had the opportunity Gérard would also devote himself to the differentiation of the parcels of Bourgogne Aligotè as he does up to the exasperation for his AOC in red.
We'll see. Let us be satisfied - so to speak - with a classic expression of Aligoté, pleasant and youthful, with very strong floral-vegetable tones, which also approach the taste with the same energy, made even more lively by sparkling citrus and slightly salty tones, with a closes graceful and captivating executive purity. A jolly wine, at the inviting price at which it is offered, to be kept at home or in the restaurant, for daily drinking but also to amaze with the originality of the proposal of a grape variety not as prominent as Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.