Domaine G. Roumier has distinguished itself as one of Burgundy’s leading domaines. Always very well respected it has shot to superstardom under the aegis of Christophe Roumier who began in 1981. Aside from the infinitesimally small amount of Musigny made here (less than a barrel’s worth) , the star wine – the defining wine – for the domaine is Bonnes Mares Grand Cru.
Bonnes Mares is a combination of two distinct parcels of different soils, and Roumier combines both from their 1.60ha of this 16.24ha grand cru. Clive Coates MW in his (1997) Cote d’Or explains (p616):
'At the Morey end the soil is terres rouges. But, coming down the slope in a diagonal line from above the Clos-de-Tart and continuing south towards Chambolle the soil changes to terres blanches (if you look carefully you will see a large quantity of fossilized oysters) and this makes up most of the climat. Three of Christophe Roumier’s parcels are terres blanches, one terres rouges. He nominally vinifies them separately and blends them together afterwards. What is the difference? The terres rouges gives the power, the backbone, the concentration, says Christophe. Wine from the terres blanches is more spiritual. From here we get the finesse, the intensity, the definition. But a blend is yet greater than the sum of the parts.'
The wine needs time in the cellar to evolve and show its restrained, powerful yet elegant greatness.
This evening we will discover the full arc of Christophe’s career, with vintages spanning 1983 to 2009. Please be quick to secure your seats.