In a nutshell: A really quite sophisticated red Burgundy with a good depth of fruit and silky texture.
The lowdown: Henri de Villamont based near the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune are not an especially well known house, but they are, in fact, a sizeable producer and have some prestiguous cuvées to their name. This, their entry level red, is aged partly in oak and parrly in stainless steel. And the result is spot on, there's good depth of fruit here, some spice and plenty of fresh acidity. It's medium-bodied with fine tannins and good crunchy berry fruits.
When to drink: An easy to enjoy Burgundian Pinot Noir which will go well with poultry dishes, red meats, and mature cheeses.
Occupying an impressive nineteenth-century building in Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Henri de Villamont is a medium-sized producer that combines an enviable domaine (they are particularly strong in Chambolle-Musigny) with a meticulously sourced négociant range. The cuverie was updated with the latest equipment less than ten years ago, and underneath there is ample storage for barrels in the beautiful double-height cellar. These features give the winemaker flexibility and precision, resulting in excellent expression of the various terroirs on offer. These include some particularly well-sited vineyards: Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés borders Meursault Vireuils, for example, while Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes lies just below Bonnes-Mares. In each case, because the former is so much less famous, the value for money is exceptional.