Bruno Lorenzon's exceptional wines continue to expand the parameters of the possible in the Côte Chalonnaise, shattering the glass ceiling that's typically imposed upon the wines of Mercurey.
By now, readers will remember that Lorenzon's vines are trained higher than his neighbors' and often planted at higher densities, as well as being farmed organically—something that's still very rare in this appellation. Yields are routinely a mere fraction of his neighbors', and that makes itself felt in this abundant year (2018). And in the cellar, attention is paid to every detail to safeguard the wines' finesse and precision: fruit is picked into small trays and kept cool before processing, and Lorenzon produces his own barrels for his wines' élevage. All that's the fruit of continuous hard work since he took the reins at this family estate in 1997. Today—along with Rully's Vincent Dureuil-Janthial—Bruno Lorenzon gets my nod as one of the two finest winemakers in the Côte Chalonnaise. William Kelley.