This domaine is a favorite of ours because it flies just under the radar – it hides in plain sight - not as famous as some other growers, but their collection of vineyards such as Clos de Beze, Clos de la Roche, and Lavaux St. Jacques is as serious as it gets, and with many older vine parcels in each. Gérard took over from his father Jean, and his daughter Marion now works alongside him and will take over the winery in a few years. The wines are soulful and can be describe as “Burgundy lover’s Burgundy” with delicate color and fruit that intermingles with the sense of earth in each sip. Harvest is done by hand, and grapes are fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank and then aged for some 18 months in mostly older French oak barrels.
Raphet’s few rows of vines in ‘Les Bussières’ border premier cru ‘Les Sentiers’ upslope, next to premier cru ‘La Bussière’ in Morey. Similar to ‘Sentiers,’ soils are deep and rich in clay. Vines are all over 40 years old. Lovely deep fruited notes of raspberry and dried strawberry with baking spice and a hint of dark flowers. The palate is so suave and elegant with mineral laced fruit on the finish.