Auxey-Duresses (pronounced "Aussey") is a small village which stands at the entrance to a valley which runs from the Côte de Beaune into the Hautes Côtes, following the road that leads from Beaune to Autun amongst hump-backed hillsides.
Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge has been an established family run vineyard in Auxey-Duresses since 1650. They know a thing or two about making great quality wine. Although a bit of an under the radar producer, they are making great Preimer Cru Burgundy that competes with Premier Crus from any other appellation.
The 2018 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Climat du Val unwinds in the glass with aromas of smoky berry fruit, plums, loamy soil and spice. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, with a satiny attack, good depth at the core and enough fleshy fruit to largely conceal its chassis of fine but chalky structuring tannin.
This is drinking well now, but Auxey-Duresses wines age well and this will get better with a few years' bottle age.