Named after an old Pommard family, Les Pézerolles sits above Les Petits Épenots and the Clos des Epeneaux and is one of the village’s top 1er Crus, making very fine reds—that some say are often Volnay-like. Some big names work in Les Pézerolles, including de Montille and Lafarge. Dancer’s small parcel was planted in 1978. It yields a wonderful, layered Pommard of seductive flesh balanced by ripe tannins. It’s another lovely, pure-fruited and perfectly pitched 1er Cru red Burgundy at a very fair price.
“A more elegant and slightly cooler nose speaks of both red and dark currant, spice, violet and more discreet earth elements. Consistent with the elegance of the nose, there is a lovely sense of refinement on the palate as of the delicious medium weight flavors that possess an equally subtle minerality that continues onto the precise and refreshing finale. This is lovely and very Pézerolles in style.” 90-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
Outside of France, Vincent Dancer is known almost exclusively for his whites. As the reds rarely leave French shores, and are made in tiny quantities, this is perfectly understandable. In fact the Domaine only exports 30-odd per cent of its total wine, and Dancer’s red terroirs total just 1.8 hectares. Add to this the lousy yields of recent years and you start to understand how rare the red wines of this producer might have been. Nonetheless, we’ve long been admirers of Dancer’s wonderful and very fairly priced reds and we have repeatedly requested an allocation. To this Dancer has always responded that when the time was right, namely when he had a vintage that allowed him to produce some more volume, he would indeed oblige us. This was something we looked forward to. What we couldn’t have predicted were two key elements of this story. Firstly, that Dancer had been working very hard behind the scenes, in both the vineyard and the cellar, to raise the quality of his red wines to match those of his revered whites. And secondly, that he would be so generous with his allocations for our far away market. So, the stars have now aligned and we can now offer a selection of Dancer’s outstanding 2017 reds to go with the whites. How good it feels to write those words! These are wonderfully bright and deliciously perfumed red Burgundies with the kind of supple depth and transparency that reflect both low yields and his meticulous work in the vines. We took every bottle we could and we encourage you to do the same. As for Dancer’s 2017 whites, these are up with the 2014s in terms of drive, energy and depth, perhaps with a little more tenderness. Another gift from the 2017 vintage is the first release of Dancer’s new close-planted vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet’s Morgeot Premier Cru. Finally, as 2016 was such a tiny vintage for certain cuvées, we decided to hold some back—each are listed below—to offer with these 2017s. And away we go!