Christophe Pertuzot’s Chorey-les-Beaune Les Beaumonts 2016 has a glowing, deep rose-red color, which warms toward bright mahogany just at the edge. Warm strawberries, freshly cut peonies, pomegranate, and sandalwood move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, pine needles, and the faintest suggestion of maple syrup, as the inviting nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is pure crushed velvet, with a tightly wound core of red and black fruit that gradually unfurls like a peacock’s tail. And the long, fine-grained finish is delicately seasoned with wild mushrooms, cinnamon, and cardamom. Drink now – 2027.
About this wine producer: Christophe Pertuzot established his estate in 2003, with the purchase of two small parcels in Savigny-lès-Beaune. Added to the vines he inherited from his grandparents, they made him the owner of one full hectare (2.5 acres). The vineyard work is traditional and sustainable: grass and worked soil alternating between the rows, ebourgeonnage (removal of buds to limit the yield), early effeuillage (removal of leaves from the east facing side of the vines), and occasional vendanges en vert (green harvest) to limit the yields. The manually harvested grapes are destemmed, and the wine is matured in oak barrels for one year.