Sylvie Esmonin makes some of our favorites in Burgundy, and after taking the reins of Her father's Domaine (Domaine Michel Esmonin et Fille) in the early 90s, she inherited a family legacy dating back to the 19th century. The estate, based in Gevrey-Chambertin, covers approximately 8 hectares, with the crown jewel being the Clos St. Jacques. Sylvie adheres to traditional winemaking practices, emphasizing minimal intervention and Whole cluster fermentation, allowing the terroir to express itself authentically in her wines.
The Cuvee Sylvie, while a Bourgogne drinks more like a great Gevrey Village than its designated category. We just tasted this wine the other day, and it was so impressive we had to offer it. Stunning aromatics of red and blue fruits, liquid minerals, earth, spice, and a little gamey component that adds complexity. The palate is concentrated and dense, with tons of layers and loads of dry extract, all kept perfectly in check by the wine's lovely acidity. We had the bottle open ungassed for two days and went back to it, and it was still going strong, which is always a great sign for a younger wine. This is one of the best Bourgogne Rouge of the vintage, and it will age three to five years with no problem. Serious juice and a very rare find; we have low pricing on some of the only bottles in the USA right now, and 2020 is the best example of the Cuvee Sylvie here of all time.
Tasting note by Jasper Morris "24% whole bunch vinification, no malolactic yet. Supersaturated purple colour, very little nose. Zesty on the palate, lots of energy, obviously also with still some malic, crunchy dark raspberry, very promising."