2015 Domaine Henri et Gilles Buisson Saint-Romain La Perriere, Cote de Beaune
La Perrière, is an organically farmed vineyard dominated by the region’s famed mix of clay and limestone. Here, decades-old Chardonnay vines produce what many consider Saint-Romain’s finest whites. There’s a reason why big-name producers like Jean-Marc Pillot venture out of Chassagne-Montrachet into a far-flung vineyard like La Perrière just to make two barrels of wine: It’s a unique site, situated at a relatively high elevation and skewing northeast, which turned out to to be a boon in the heat of 2015. There’s a sense of refinement, depth and “seriousness” here that sets it apart from most 2015 white Burgundies. this beauty overflows with powerful yellow apple and fleshy stone fruit, deep limestone minerality and a perfectly gentle touch of vanilla from aging in 10% new oak. It’s a wine that drinks 2-3 times beyond its reasonable price tag, and challenges any preconception that Saint-Romain’s top sites can’t compete with Burgundy’s more well-known vineyards.