Beaujolais & Burgundy, France
Beaujolais & Burgundy
Andrew & Emma Nielsen
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For much of Burgundy’s history, due to the fragmentation of expensive vineyards, the négociants, or wine brokers, controlled much of what we could get as consumers and thus controlling the finances of small growers, unilaterally setting the prices that they’d pay for wines or grapes. However, the world of Burgundy has evolved remarkably in the last 30 years. The best of the big négociants are meticulous producers of top quality wines and in some cases, major landholders themselves.
It was at Simon Bize where Andrew saw an opportunity. ‘I saw all this amazing fruit come across the table, and thought, why don’t we make 10 different Savignys?’. But for a Domaine like Simon Bize, the economics of making many different small-lot cuvées doesn’t work. So, Nielsen took his idea and became a mico-négociant in order to tell the story of Savigny Les Beaune by identifying special parcels and vinifying and bottling them separately.
Andrew has since been able to tell the stories of many different plots of Organically and Biodynamically farmed vines in and around Burgundy via his two labels: Le Grappin (based in Beaune) and Du Grappin (based in Macon and Beaujolais).
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