Vincent Rapet has a raft of well-situated crus in the communes of Beaune, Pernand and Savigny. Which he controls from a base in Pernand, tucked beneath the looming grand cru hill of Corton. Vincent is a proper, working vigneron and despite his 20 hectares of prime vineyards, reassuringly there’s no blazer and cravat here. The domaine is split between red and white; vinification is simple and classic. For reds, the grapes are fully destemmed and for the whites a short (24 hour) cold-settling is used before fermentation en barrique. A low percentage of new wood is employed across the range, with even the grands crus only benefitting from a light polish of 30% new barrels. And it is this which makes Rapet’s wines so appealing to us: the winemaker’s footprint is very light here; each cru given space to reflect the terroir without the obfuscation of either cooperage or ego.

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