Unusually we tasted with Pascal Borgeot this time; however brother Laurent joined us for a bit before disappearing off but not before we got a very rare photograph of them together! What was noticeable is that neither can sit still, this frantic trait no doubt translating into plenty of work in the vines leading to the lovely wines, both red and white, that we have experienced for some years now. Pascal told us they harvested in beautiful conditions with very good ripeness of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Yields on the reds averaged 45 hl/ha, and 50 hl/ha for the whites, and mercifully free of the frost that plagued 2016.
The Borgeot brothers, Laurent and Pascal, are based in the village of Remigny just across the winding River Deheune which divides the Côte de Beaune from the Côte Chalonnaise. Domaine Borgeot is only one of only four growers in the village. The estate was founded by the brothers’ grandfather and now stands at 20 ha, stretching from Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise up to Puligny-Montrachet. Grapes from Laurent’s wife, Sandra, who has 2.5 ha of her own vines, also go into the domaine’s wines. Production splits 60:40 in favour of white and they have a useful 3 ha holding in nearby Santenay. Minimal chemicals are used, Laurent describing the domaine as ‘bio- raisonnée’, a sort of halfway house between conventional and organic cultivation.
This is a great source and being somewhat off the beaten track is little visited by the pundits! It is also a fun source with the locals often congregating there for an end of work tasting, sometimes with the local gendarme included, Caramel the cellar cat usually winding his ways between their legs!