It’s made by a cult estate considered the godfather of natural wine, Domaine Robert-Denogent, and it’s designed to showcase premium Burgundy grapes from the AOC Mâcon-Villages to the curious drinker who might not necessarily be able to afford the top shelf stuff.
Alcohol Grade: 13%
Aging/ Vinification: harvest by hand; sustainable agriculture, 18 months aging in used barrels.
Aging potential: 3-4 years
Best to have it: 6-10ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Domaine Robert Denogent
Domaine Robert-Denogent is now headed by Jean-Jacques Robert, who took over his family’s five hectares of vines back in 1988. Although most of the family’s past harvests had been sold off to cooperatives, Jean-Jacques quickly became passionate about learning his vineyards’ unique microclimates, advocating for terroir, and producing estate-grown wines that rivaled some of northern Burgundy’s best. Robert-Denogent’s old vines are rooted into various soil types and always undergo a long and slow aging process.
Robert-Denogent is a family Domaine that has passed down a passion for wine from generation to generation since 1922. Jean-Jacques Denogent and his son Nicolas are currently in charge of producing the wines, with most of the parcels coming from 50 to 70-year-old vines. The winemaking philosophy follows a simple and traditional approach, with minimal intervention.
Respectful towards the environment and concerned about the ecosystem, the Domaine tries not to intervene in the natural process of vine-growing. They use zero chemicals, instead cultivating between the rows to prevent erosion and maintain humidity.