Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Michel Prunier et Fille 2021


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Michel Prunier et Fille

This domaine is the epitome of the smaller grower in the lesser village, and in a world of stratospheric interest in more famous Burgundy wines, such growers are worth their weight in gold.

These Pruniers – and there are several – are to be found on the main road through Auxey-Duresses in a flower-filled courtyard, with a cosy tasting room decorated by medals won and foreign bottles drunk. Being of small stature, the Pruniers – father, Michel and daughter, Estelle – have no trouble with the perilously low lintel over the entrance to their cellars! Estelle joined her father in 2004 after her wine studies and work experience in Australia and Bordeaux. Michel himself studied at the viticultural college at Avize in the Champagne region and still has a love of making hand-riddled Crémant de Bourgogne. Michel has grown the estate to 12 ha from only 2 ha in 1986 and Estelle represents the fifth generation to make wine here. They have vineyard holdings – all worked sustainably – in Beaune, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Chorey-lès-Beaune but their pride and joy is their premier cru, Clos du Val, in Auxey-Duresses. The grapes from Bas de Duresses, Grands Champs and Climat du Val, are made into one 1er cru. “A wine should frankly express its terroir and vintage,” says Michel, whose wines also have a remarkable capacity to age.

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Vintage guide

The region basked under the summer sun in 2022, and thanks to cool nights the wines have avoided excess alcohol while retaining elegance, it all looks very promising. The 2021 vintage was severely affected by frost in the spring which means yields are historically low, the wines are fresh and juicy. 2020 was one of the earliest vintages on record following a warm summer but the wines have an appealing freshness too, like a combination of the previous two vintages. There was an absence of frost in 2019 but yields were still restricted, this time by drought, the resulting wines have great richness and concentration. A very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. They are more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure.

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