Gerard Raphet

We love these wines for their pure fruit, their persistence on the palate and their fidelity to the terroir that the Raphet family has worked for generations—they are classic, beautiful wines that because of their balance and purity will age very well, too. Ridiculously limited. Indeed of all our Burgundy partners, Raphet inspires the most emotion when trying to describe what exactly makes these wines so captivating. Raphet Burgundy surprises and delights; it opens the possibilities of what great, old-vine Burgundy can do, and just how intimate and special that experience can be. KERMIT LYNCH

This is now certainly a good source, for Morey st denis and Gevrey-Chambertin, along with grands crus Clos de Vougeot, Clos de la Roche, Charmes-Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. JASPER MORRIS MW

Gérard Raphet took off the running of the family Domaine back in 2002 and nowadays is assisted by his daughter Virginie. I absolutely loved the two latest vintages of Clos de Vougeot, so much so that I was compelled to mention Raphet here and make a vow to visit the domaine on my next visit to Burgundy. NEAL MARTIN

A visit to Raphet is always part amusing and part fantastic but never filled with information. Gerard is a man of few words and his daughter seems to have acquired the same trait (along with others) from her father. This year we first tasted from barrel in the brand-spanking-new winery which, for anyone who had tasted in their cramped old cellars before can attest to, was a treat. Gerard’s daughter took us through the tasting and despite my gentle prodding she assures me nothing has changed in either the winery or the vineyards “why would I change anything?” she asked. Certainly the wines have always been lovely and I have been a fan for many years now but something is different here and has been for a few years now.

Don’t fret if you are a stalwart collector, it isn’t anything drastic and not a shift in style, rather it is in the details and the small degrees. The wines seem to have a degree more richness, tannins seem riper (may be a product of recent vintages), there is a touch more detail in the wines, in general they just seem more finessed these days. I get the impression that Gerard would not be an easy man to convince of anything let alone to change the wines he has made his way for a long time. I also get the feeling his daughter is no less stubborn and may simply be going about her business in her quiet and self-assured manner and the resulting wines are better for it. Worth mentioning that she, unlike Gerard, is also a trained oenologist. ROSCOE