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Didier Dagueneau Buisson Renard 2018


These days the price of this wine is above Pur Sang, which gives you an indication of how highly the Domaine rates this site. Buisson Renard is a cool, mid-slope terroir on the southwest side of the Saint-Andelain slope. Here the soils are a mixture of clay and flint (or silex, as the French call it). The vineyard area is actually named Buisson Menard, as was the wine originally, but a wine writer mistakenly reviewed the wine as Buisson Renard. ‘Renard’ means fox in French and ‘buisson’ means bush, so the error gave the wine a name that sounded like ‘fox bush’ or ‘bush of the fox’. Didier Dagueneau fell about laughing and immediately renamed the wine.

This was barrel fermented and aged in Dagueneau’s bespoke, cigar-shaped barrels (450 and 600 litres) which are designed to increase lees contact. As always, this is a wonderfully layered and textured wine, perhaps with even more fat than normal, superbly contained thanks to the wine’s acidity and extract. There are superb preserved lemon, nettle and golden delicious notes and a gently powdery close with that unerring tension and drive also found in both the Pur Sang and Silex.

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