Dominique Laurent-Bonnes Mares V.V. Grand Cru 2010
Dominique Laurent in Burgundy is managed by former petissier Dominique Laurent, who produces exemplary wines from his small negociant business located in Nuits-St-Georges. He sources fruit from very old parcels and his offerings range up and down the Cote de or, with dozens and dozens of different appellations often offered in minuscule quantities of 25 or 50 cases of wine. Dominique Laurent realizes that the quality of the barrel is paramount, so he makes his own! He works only with Tron癟ais wood, selected himself, and air-dried for at least three (and up to seven) years. Because of the costs involved in setting up a cooperage, he makes more barrels than he requires for his own wines, selling what he does not need himself to a limited number of Burgundy domaines and to various overseas producers. Much comment, not necessarily favourable, was made of his early habit of using 200% new oak ??i.e. racking out of one new barrel into another brand new one. Dominique felt that only new wood gave the sense of fat that he is looking for in top pinot noir. Since he has had his own barrels the need is not so great for new oak because his long air-dried Tron癟ais wood retains its qualities for more than one wine. Laurent? skill in seeking out fabulous examples of each appellation has certainly been the engine that has driven Laurent? top-quality train.