Saturday, April 28, 2012

Elegant Burgundies of Maison Lou Dumont

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Maison Lou Dumont. Curious name for a Burgundy negoce based in Gevrey. Headed by Koji Nakada, a former Tokyo somm, and his Korean wife, Jae Hwa Park. Both studied at CFPPA in Beaune. They established Lou Dumont—Lou is their goddaughter, charming and with much character, and Dumont or “from the mountains” refers to where Koji and Jae Hwa grew up—in 2000.

Maison Lou Dumont’s range of 2009 Burgundies are some of the most elegant and firmest wines that I’ve tasted from this vintage. Closer to 2008 or 2010 in character. The style of the wines speaks of Koji’s natural and minimal winemaking approach. He doesn’t overwork the wines, doing little pump overs and punch downs and only vinifies with native yeasts. The wines are expressive and terroir-driven.

Lou Dumont first attracted attention several years ago when their 2003 Meursault was highlighted in the popular wine anime Kami no Shizuku or “Drops of God”. Since then their Burgundies have become a sensation among Burgundy fans in Japan and the UK but have never reached the US until now. Vineyard Gate is one of the first to sell these wines in the US.

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