Automobile culture may have metastasized to a dangerous point, but without cars we’d have no garages, garage bands or garage wine, and the world would be poorer for it. Jean-Yves Devevey, though son of a vine-growing family, is a true garagiste, having started out making Bourgogne Rouge in his garage. Having worked his way up to an actual purpose-built winery, and parcels in Beaune, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet, he has made his way with the passion and hard work necessary to make true wines of place. Working in the Côte Chalonnaise village of Rully, in the vineyard La Chaume, he demonstrates the quality to be found from dedicated vignerons working off the Côte d’Or. Farming organically (uncertified), he strives for biodiversity in his vineyards, tirelessly observing the workings of its ecosystem. Featuring a gorgeous nose of dusty cherries and plums, it shows the depth and intensity of wines from more famous villages. With a core of red cherries, raspberry, and currant, it has a hint of bitterness and lovely cedary tannins that throws the fruit into fine relief. Savory touches in the finish linger on, inviting you to have another glass.
Pairing: Enjoy it with grilled swordfish steak, duck breast, or ginger-crusted ham.
VARIETY: PINOT NOIR
REGION: Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, FRANCE