We are delighted to announce the release of 2020 Domaine Rapet.
Domaine Rapet is the most important landowner on the Hill of Corton with a viticultural history that goes back to 1795. Over the past few vintages, the ratings given by William Kelley for the Wine Advocate, have been some of the best scores awarded on the hill of Corton, vying with the greatest names in the region (e.g. the 2019 Rapet Corton scores higher than DRC’s Corton). Vincent Rapet has been at the helm of this historic estate since 1990 and has taken the winemaking level to even higher levels of precision than his predecessor. It is his eye to detail and focus on individual barrels that makes Vincent Rapet so successful. He has introduced aquarium heaters that can encourage slow fermentation on a barrel-by-barrel basis, rather than warming the entire cellar. He uses concrete eggs on certain cuvees to add a tenser, fresher profile to the wine. No expense is spared at bottling either, using Diam corks and the bottling line is nitrogen-sparged. Despite some expensive equipment, the vinification at the Domaine is very traditional with natural yeasts, fermention in barrel and cement eggs and 12 months ageing in barrel with about 25-30% new oak. The barrels are sourced from Taransaud, Chassin, Damy & François Frères.
Outside the Grands Crus, you will find two wines from the northern side of Beaune including the exceptional and age-worthy Beaune 1er Cru Grèves and an almost unmatched line up of PVs (Pernand-Vergelesses). With the recent focus on the effects of global warming, it is these appellations that are the success stories. We are extremely grateful to Vincent for not increasing the prices of the 2020 much and these wines continue to offer exceptional value for money, which won’t be the case with all the wines we offer this year.