Domaine Odoul-Coquard 2022s
“Very simply put, I would take any wine tasted here for my own cellar – with relish!”Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report
Blessed with a veritable array of vineyards, and headed up by the inimitable Sébastien Odoul, Odoul-Coquard are easily one of the most exciting domaines in Burgundy today. The wines in recent vintages have been on fire, and thankfully still represent stunning value for money. Two wines that deserve a special mention are their Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Clos La Riotte, and their Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes.
Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Clos La Riotte has a wonderful backstory; the vineyards are owned by the village, but farmed and vinified by Sébastien, with one third being used for village fairs and sold in the local wine shop and two thirds being labelled under the Odoul-Coquard label. It isn’t a monopole as the village own the vines, but it’s worth noting this is the smaller, upper, walled part of the La Riotte vineyard, which can easily cost three times the price at other addresses.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes is an insider’s pick if there ever was one, being entirely surrounded by Grand Cru vineyards. With Latricières-Chambertin to the north, Mazoyères-Chambertin to the east, and Clos de la Roche to the west, the popular (unproven) theory for why this Gevrey vineyard wasn’t originally classified as a Grand Cru is because the owners all lived in Morey. Nevertheless, Aux Combottes produces some fantastic wines, of which Odoul-Coquard’s 2022 is one of them.