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GREAT 2018 RED BURGUNDIES FROM DOMAINE ANNE & HERVE SIGAUT

John Tilson • 2/24/21        Print This Post Print This PostComment Bookmark and Share

I first tasted the wines from this small domaine in 2017 when I tasted the 2015s which were really lovely (to read that article click here). And now I have tasted the 2018s which are even better. If you love Red Burgundies (and who doesn’t?) these are wines that you do not want to miss!

Here is the background of this domaine as presented in the above referenced article:

This small estate has been in existence for four generations. Hervé and Anne Sigaut took over for Maurice Sigaut in 1990 and since that time have made significant improvements in the vineyards and cellar. The winery was updated in 2004 and the wines are made with minimal intervention and judicious use of new oak. At about 15 acres in size, the domaine is blessed with a large proportion of old vines. However, perhaps because the domaine does not have any Grand Crus, the wines have remained “under the radar.”…  The wines are very refined and elegant yet with definition and flavor and each retains its sense of place. In short, they are classic Burgundies that will be a great addition to any cellar. Moreover, in today’s world of Red Burgundy, they are good values. The wines offer a lot of early charm as is characteristic of the vintage (to read the article on the 2015 Burgundy vintage click here) yet will evolve over decades. And, the wines are consistently outstanding from top to bottom. Don’t miss them!  I have added some to my cellar. I suggest that you do the same!!

 

The statement referenced above relative to the 2015 Anne and Herve Sigaut wines is true as well for the 2018s. However, I believe these 2018s are even better! Made from old vines fruit they all have particularly dark colors and lots of fruit, intensity, and depth. They also exhibit great purity. I remember in the early 80s tasting the White Burgundies from a virtually unknown White Burgundy producer named Coche-Dury. They were very distinct and also had great balance, intensity, and depth. They were at a Grand Cru level but there were no Grand Crus (later they would acquire Corton Charlemagne). Somehow these Anne and Herve Sigaut Red Burgundies leave me with the same impressions in terms of the distinctive quality of the wines that I had tasting those White Burgundies way back then. So my advice is to buy these wines while you can at these prices. They represent very good values in today’s world of Red Burgundy and are delicious Burgundies across the entire range. Furthermore, while delicious now, I believe they will continue to evolve over a long period of time. In my view many of them are at a level that would compare with a Grand Cru. But the prices are much less than that of a Grand Cru.  And, again, I have added some to my cellar and I highly recommend that you do the same! The wines of Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut are imported by Atherton Wine Imports   San Jose, California.

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Tasting Notes

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny
This wine is made from grapes grown in Beaux Bruns, Les Combettes, and Fremieres. The total area is 0.51 Hectares and the average age of the vines is over 30 years. Dark in color with a lovely floral and black cherry perfume tinged with spice this is a lovely very elegant and supple Burgundy with lots of fruit and great early appeal – Highly Recommended Plus.     $75

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Derriere Le Four V.V.
This vineyard holding is 0.38 Hectares and the vines here average nearly 50 years of age. Dark in color this wine has a deep black cherry perfume with a faint exotic spice undertone. On the palate it has lots of round supple fruit with great balance, intensity, and flavor – Outstanding Plus.   $86

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Bussieres V.V.
This vineyard holding is 0.37 Hectares and the vines here average nearly 70 years of age. The Les Bussières vineyard is a single plot located on the northern side of the village close to Morey. Dark in color with a deep black cherry perfume with floral spice undertones This Burgundy has lots of black cherry fruit and is rounded and supple with beautiful balance and complexity and is really delicious with great early appeal – Outstanding Plus.    $89

         

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Morey Charrieres 1er Cru
This vineyard holding is 0.62 Hectares and the vines here average nearly 45 years of age and are located next to Clos de la Roche. The wine has a dark color and a lovely floral plum like perfume with a faint spice nuance. With great purity, it is supple, lush and rounded with lots of floral spice tinged fruit and is beautifully balance with richness and depth and is just plain delicious – Outstanding Plus.    $104

 

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle Chantelots
This vineyard holding is 0.52 Hectares and the vines here average nearly 50 years of age. The wine has a dark color and a lovely black cherry perfume with a floral undertone and a faint underlying exotic spice. Lush, rounded and supple on the palate it has layers of cherry and plum tinged fruit and is impeccably balanced with a long finish. This is a really gorgeous Burgundy – Outstanding Plus.    $110

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle Fuees 1er Cru
This vineyard holding is 0.49 Hectares and the vines here average about 30 years of age having been planted in 1996 and 1977. They are located in 3 plots at the northern end of the vineyard next to Bonnes Mares. Dark in color this wine has a stunning perfume of plum and black cherry with a faint hint of licorice spice. Lush, rounded and supple with layers of plum and black cherry fruit accented by floral spice tinges this is a delicious Burgundy – Outstanding Plus.     $110

2018 Anne Sigaut Chambolle Gruencheres 1er Cru
Gruenchers originated from the family of Sigaut. The father of Herve, Maurice, had passed on the Gruenchers to Herve’s brother Laurent. Laurent had given it in fermage to another grower.  When the fermage ended Laurent wanted to give to his brother Herve Sigaut and wife Anne to stay in the Sigaut family. But Sigaut could not put it under the Domaine Anne et Herve Sigaut name because technically Gruenchers was not part of Sigaut’s domaine. For the 2018 vintage they harvested the grapes and purchased the grapes from the brother.  So they had to create a separate entity and came up with “Anne Sigaut” title. For all practical purposes it is produced the same way as all their other wines and Anne Sigaut is looking after the Gruenchers vineyard as well. The Gruenchers holding is 0.41 Hectares and has 45 year old vines.
Dark color with a stunning black cherry perfume showing exotic floral nuances this Burgundy has great intensity, purity, balance and depth with lots of lush black cherry tinged fruit showing an exotic floral undertone. Lush and very flavorful yet with great finesse this is a really stunning Burgundy – Extraordinary. $119

        


2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut  Chambolle Noirots 1er Cru
This vineyard is 0.45 Hectares and the vines here are nearly 50 years old. Dark in color this wine has a lovely black cherry and blackberry perfume with underlying floral nuances. Lush and rounded with great purity and lots of fruit this Burgundy is beautifully balanced with richness and a long finish. Delicious – Outstanding Plus.    $110

2018 Domaine Anne and Herve Sigaut Chambolle Sentiers V.V.
This vineyard is 0.68 Hectares and the vines here are over 70 years old. Dark in color this wine has  a stunning black cherry perfume with floral undertones and an exotic nuance. On the palate there are layers of black cherry fruit accented by an exotic floral nuance and is rich, full, and balanced with lots of depth and finish. With a long lingering finish this is a superb Burgundy – Extraordinary.   $125

 

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    having purchased this producer over the last ten years i agree with your company profile assessment. However the 2018 std chambolle musigny now open for last week has yet to offer any lace and grace, all be it from a very hot vintage. No perfume, Unyielding,sturdy and some what monolithic to the end has left me wondering what may be in store for future drinking. If this was a young Gevrey or NSG from hot vintage with some extraction then silly me for opening to early. Empty glass once consumed begrudgingly offers up a hint of dark red florals. South island New Zealand to date provides covid free assessment. Will purchase a couple more bottles to revisit in next five to ten years time but if looking to purchase then suggest to try first and see if the delicacy of chambolle is on offer. regards warwick
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