New small estates come on the scene in Burgundy, if not each day, then each week or month. Sometimes these estates come with true talent and the skills to actually make a hedonistic difference.
Two good friends, Eric Pignal and Loïc Lamy, have started a small wine project in a well-known cellar in Meloisey – the old cellar of the Rougeot negociant business.
Eric Pignal is the assistant winemaker of Château de Pommard, having worked before at domaines Dujac and Roulot. Loïc Lamy is currently export manager at Domaine de Montille.
They have started with a nice three-wine line-up: a Saint-Véran; and two reds, one each from Savigny-les-Beaune and Santenay. The Saint-Véran is from the lieu-dit les Cornillaux, the Savigny from Dessus les Vermots, and the Santenay is from Les Hâtes.
The wines are sold under the commercial brand Saisons.
I had a quick taste of their 2019s at the “Variant -Good Vibes Only” event held at La Maison Romane in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
The two reds stand out for me, with the Savigny showing delightful harmony, but more importantly character and energy. This wine has a substantial number of extrovert qualities rarely seen from new estates.
The Santenay is a somewhat more serious wine, with even more edge and character. I like it a lot, although it’s not to the same degree as the Savigny a vin de soif.
There is real talent here – I do like these wines. Highly recommended if you bump into them.