I have loved the wines of Domaine Parent for a very long time, and I am proud to say that they are now a direct import for us. I first became acquainted with these wines in Champagne as they are prominent on the lists of some of my favorite places to dine in Epernay; Les Berceaux and Chez Max. Anne Parent, who runs the domain has a sister that lives in Champagne and sells her Burgundy in the region. They are 12th generation growers, and even list Thomas Jefferson as a former client! Trey, Alex and I were lucky enough to meet Anne over lunch last month in Burgundy and her wines were spectacular. We are so excited about them that we are offering them as pre-arrivals. They should arrive in April of 2016.
Domaine Parent is a 25 acre estate with vines across the Cote de Beaune, almost all red. They are certified organic, and have been working biodynamically with a certification for that on the way. All of the grapes are handpicked, and they de-stem most everything. In 2013 they used no stems at all. The wines are very well balanced and reflect their place of origin very well. Anne does not use a lot of new oak, and even the wines with a higher proportion of new barrels do not show it. A lot of this will be going in my cellar! Here is what we have on offer:
2013 Domaine Parent Ladoix 1er Cru "La Corvée" ($39.99 Pre-Arrival- scheduled to arrive in April 2016): This wine comes from 42 year old vines in the mid-slope of Ladoix. It has a very generous, cool, pure Pinot Noir nose and is medium bodied and supple in the mouth. This refreshing red went very well with the pate en croute that we enjoyed with Anne. It should improve for five years in the cellar, but is drinking great right now.
2013 Domaine Parent Beaune1er Cru "Les Epenottes" ($49.99 Pre-Arrival- scheduled to arrive in April 2016): This plot of vines is just under Clos des Mouches and adjacent to Pommard. Anne selected the 75 year old and 45 year old vines from within this plot for the 2013, but the domain also has some 7 year old vines in this vineyard. The wine went into 25% new oak. I loved this wine for its cool, black fruit on the nose and explosive purity on the palate. As it developed in the glass, it became more and more perfumed. It was a long, bright finishing wine that I enjoyed immensely.
2010 Domaine Parent Pommard ($49.99 Pre-Arrival- scheduled to arrive in April 2016): When we saw that Anne had some of the great 2010 vintage left, we jumped at the chance to secure a small allocation. This wine is made from 50 year old vines from Les Noizons near the border with Beaune. It sees 30% new oak.
2013 Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru "Les Chanlins" ($67.99 Pre-Arrival- scheduled to arrive in April 2016): My favorite wine of our tasting with Anne, this Pommard was loaded with lovely perfume… This is the type of wine that you don’t want to move on from, but rather keep drinking! It comes from the Volnay side of Pommard from 15 year old vines and sees about 30% new oak. I could not get enough of the delicate, savory cherry fruit and ethereal minerality. This is one of those rare wines that integrates primary fruit flavors with clean earth seamlessly… It was definitely my style of Burgundy!
2013 Domaine Parent Corton-Les Renardes Grand Cru ($99.99 Pre-Arrival- scheduled to arrive in April 2016): The Domaine Parent plot of Les Renardes is 42 years old and sees half new oak in the cellar in most vintages, but the 2013 got 80%. Only six barrels were produced in 2013. This catnip and maraschino powerhouse is wine for the long haul, with great texture and a very long finish. If you have the patience, this will develop into a bottle that will stand on the table with anything.