I'm spotlighting four Burgundies from La Gibryotte today, which is rare for a few reasons. First, I like to devote the top eLetter spot to Italian wines because they are my passion. But sometimes wines from outside of Italy deserve to be highlighted, and those of La Gibryotte are definitely among them. La Gibryotte is likely unfamiliar to you, but the name of the man behind these wines is not; it's Claude Dugat. Burgheads tend to genuflect at Dugat's name; he sits at the top of almost every list of Burgundy producers and all lists of Gevrey-Chambertin. His fanatical viticulture helps his vines to produce very small, very concentrated grapes, and his wines reflect those raw materials: they are dense, complex, scarce, prized and expensive.
La Gibryotte is Claude's side venture. While the Gevrey-Chambertin vineyards are owned by the extended Dugat family, Claude and his immediate family oversee the care of the vines, and Claude directs the winemaking. Think of La Gibryotte as the affordable luxury of Claude Dugat--all the skill, all the mindfulness, at a fraction of the price. Today's offer presents four wines from 2011 vintage. They range in price from around $35 to $149, and each one gives a wonderful introduction to Dugat's house style, as well as really nice evocation of the lush vintage. If you've never had the great fortune to drink Domaine Claude Dugat, try these bottles. I look forward to hearing how you enjoyed them.
With these fine Burgundies, I'm really happy to present the "perfect" '10 Guado al Tasso, in magnum. No other US retailer has this incredible vintage in large format bottlings, and that's great because I know my clients will truly appreciate them. Finally, I'm presenting the rare '96 Soldera Brunello Riserva. This was a challenging vintage in Montalcino, but Gianfranco rose to it, as he always does, and this wine, stern in its youth, is drinking beautifully today.