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Patrice Rion broke away from his family operation (Domain Daniel Rion) in 2000 after a family squabble and set up his own state-of-the-art operation in the same Côte de Nuits village of Prémeaux. Rion’s wines are now better than ever. There are many reasons. The first is the use of new sorting tables (table de tri), which are now used at the better Bordeaux chateaux. The second is limiting crop levels. Thirdly, pumping is avoided and finally, no filtration is used.
These steps are paying off big time, despite his small 5,000 cases. Production is broken up between grapes he buys called Patrice Rion (PR) and wines made from his own vineyards: Domaine M & P Rion (M for Michèle his wife – M&P for short). One of my favorite Burgundy producers, enticed by the consistent elegance.
2005 Domaine Patrice and Michele Rion Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
13% alc., $119. · Slightly confected redder fruits on the nose, prodigious ripe fruit stuffing featuring dark cherries, black raspberries and blackberries, subtle citrus notes, a wooly texture and deft oak highlights round out a magnificent wine. The most California-styled of the lineup if you will. This is built for the long haul. One to buy Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »