John Paul Kaminga
Chambolle Vibes: Digioia-Royer Bourgogne 2019
For the past couple weeks, anybody who has found themselves browsing Pinot Noir at Craft and Cru has probably found Gabby and I pointing them in the direction of Digioia-Royer's amazing 2019 Bourgogne. It is simply one of the best $25 wines we have ever tasted.
Digioia-Royer's Bourgogne is priced like something mass-produced, but it is made from seven small parcels that come to a total of just one hectare! Vines from Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St. Denis and Gilly-les-Citeaux contribute fruit to the blend, but this wine's smooth texture reminds us most of a nice Chambolle, one of Burgundy's iconic villages. These days, one should expect to pay at least $75 for a fine Chambolle-Musigny, but $100+ is more likely, and the most sought after wines of the village can go for crazy (crazy) money.
A respectable Chambolle-Musigny should be worth aging for a decade or two, but Digioia-Royer's 2019 Bourgogne is something to drink now and over the next 5 years. It has some Chambolle vibes, for sure, but I'm not gonna say you should treat it like one. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised to encounter it in fine form in 10 years. We have a couple cases in stock, and we'll receive more next week. Try it very soon. You may want to stock up before it disappears.
Digioia-Royer Bourgogne Rouge 2019 - $25
Aromas of macerated dark cherries and blackberries, freshly turned earth, blood, fennel, violets... this is quite ripe on the nose, showing a bit of a roasted character, but it stays fresh and juicy on the palate, richly textured for Bourgogne, finishing with great earthy and mineral character. Superb for this level. Bravo!
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