A new winemaker in Burgundy is about to make a big name for herself. While in her late 30s, Elodie Roy has taken over her family Domaine in Maranges after nearly a decade working with Anne Gros. 2018 was her first vintage and was well received by those who could find a bottle, but she is looking to make a big impression with her 2019s. Located in Maranges, the southernmost point of the Cote de Beaune below Santenay is home to her family estate. She has 9 hectares of old vines spread throughout the Cote de Beaune planted by her father and grandfather, with some reaching over 70 years old. The crown jewel of Elodie's production and her only Premier Cru is the Santenay Gravieres, one of the top Crus in Santenay. Many make a Gravieres but what is setting Elodie apart is her approach to winemaking that differs from some of the other southerly Cote de Beaune addresses. These wines have more refinement and polish in a predominantly rustic appellation, with more new oak and the feminine touch in the cellar resulting in classic wines that are enhanced by a winemaking style influenced by her years at Anne Gros in Vosnee-Romanee. We had a good friend in France recently taste the 2019s saying they were fantastic, that Elodie was one of the best new producers in Burgundy, and an address to keep an eye on. We have a great price on her Santenay Gravieres and currently have the only bottles of 2019 available in the USA. An excellent top new buy that we cannot recommend enough for the Burgundy drinker looking to stay up to date and explore some of the region's values while still appealing to the serious collector. Don't miss it!
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92 pts! The 2019 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières derives from a parcel at the southern end of this large climat, which was planted in the early 1950s and where missing vines have never been replaced. Delivering aromas of sweet red berries, orange rind, rose petals and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and perfumed, with lively acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the saline finish.