In a world where screaming the loudest seems to be rewarded, this wine stands out with its quiet confidence.
Domaine de la Galopière is a Burgundian winery in the Côte de Beaune, based in Bligny les Beaune, that belongs to 5h and 6th generation father and son winemakers Gabriel and Vincent Fournier.
They farm 10.5 hectares of vineyards in multiple sections of the Côte de Beaune, working just south of Chassagne-Montrachet through multiple appellations right up to the Corton Grand Cru slope (Meursault, Pommard, Savigny lès Beaune, Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton).
The philosophy of the estate is to cultivate wine that carries the respect and tradition of the local terroir, delivering drinking experiences that are clean, pure and without too much manipulation or excessive wood.
The Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Aux Clous’ is perhaps the best representative of that philiosophy. As befitting a 1er Cru, it’s grand, proud and striking – without being imposing.
Drinking this wine feels like like you’re at a cocktail party where all the other guests are dressed out in ridiculously lavish outfits, and all of a sudden a grey-haired gentleman walks in, just wearing a a well tailored dinner jacket and a sly smile. Whispers across the room. Who is that dude? Obviously, he steals the show. But he doesn’t do it by being the most lavish, the most exclusive or the most outrageous, but rather the opposite – by being the most stylish and confident.
That’s what this wine is. In a world where screaming the loudest seems to be most rewarded these days, we need wines that are just quietly confident and stylish. That’s why this is our Wine of the Week.
Domaine de la Galopiere
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Aux Clous’
Kalle Bergman is a food writer and media entrepreneur who is the founder of Honest Cooking and PAIR Magazine. As a food writer, his writing has been regularly featured in publications like Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Serious Eats. He is obsessed with simple food, more often than not from his native Scandinavia.