Gerard Raphet - Old-Vine Burgundy Stunners from 2021

Gerard Raphet - Old-Vine Burgundy Stunners from 2021

By Tom Brushfield

Gerard Raphet - Old-Vine Burgundy Stunners from 2021

These are special wines. The kind of Burgundy that draws you in with flashes of earth, alluring dark fruits, silky tannin, and a complex web that wraps you up in its charm, holding your attention, as it gently reveals its magic.

We are massive fans of Raphet, the raw nature of traditional winemaking combined with the unmistakable power of old vineyards tended with care, make for a heck of a one-two punch.

A classic case of "if you know, you know" and if you don't know, then you are missing out!

We love these wines for their pure fruit, their persistence on the palate and their fidelity to the terroir that the Raphet family has worked for generations—they are classic, beautiful wines that because of their balance and purity will age very well, too. Ridiculously limited. Indeed of all our Burgundy partners, Raphet inspires the most emotion when trying to describe what exactly makes these wines so captivating. Raphet Burgundy surprises and delights; it opens the possibilities of what great, old-vine Burgundy can do, and just how intimate and special that experience can be. KERMIT LYNCH

This is now certainly a good source, for Morey st denis and Gevrey-Chambertin, along with grands crus Clos de Vougeot, Clos de la Roche, Charmes-Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. JASPER MORRIS MW

Gérard Raphet took off the running of the family Domaine back in 2002 and nowadays is assisted by his daughter Virginie. I absolutely loved the two latest vintages of Clos de Vougeot, so much so that I was compelled to mention Raphet here and make a vow to visit the domaine on my next visit to Burgundy. NEAL MARTIN

Gerard Raphet Bourgogne Rouge 2021 - $84
From the lieu-dit ‘Les Grands Champs’ which is surrounded on three sides by villages-level Gevrey vineyards. Soils are mostly red clay and silt.

A fresh and bright nose of slightly more elegant aromas of essence of red berries and earth introduces delicious and equally lighter-weight flavours that possess both better depth and persistence on the youthfully austere and balanced finale. BURGHOUND

Gerard Raphet Gevrey Chambertin 2021 - $192
Champs Chenys is directly downslope from grand cru Charmes-Chambertin, it’s surrounded on three sides by Grand Cru vineyards. The vines range from 35 to 110 years old.

A slightly more deeply pitched nose speaks of red and dark currant scents that are laced with hints of earth and a whisper of the sauvage. There is better volume to the delicious medium-weight flavours that are attractively energetic while exuding a subtle minerality on the firmer, more complex and sneaky long finish. BURGHOUND

Gerard Raphet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2021 - $628
From a 1.5-ha parcel of old vines located in Grand Maupertui and two other smaller parcels near the bottom of the slope.

Here too the more reticent nose is cool and airy with subtle spice nuances adding breadth to the earth-suffused red and dark berry scents. There is again fine volume to the delicious and tension-filled middleweight flavours that display very fine length on the balanced finale. This will need to add depth with time in bottle but that should reasonably occur if given time. BURGHOUND