Anne-Marie and Jean-Marc Vincent inherited most of their vines, principally located in and around the village of Santenay in the southern CÃ´te de Beaune, from Jean-Marcâ€™s grandfather, AndrÃ© Bardollet-Bravard. They produce threeÂ premier cruÂ reds and twoÂ premier cruÂ whites from Santenay, in addition to a red and a white Auxey-Duresses. The Vincent wines are characterized by rich, layered fruit, intense expression of individualÂ terroir,and solid structure.Â
Their Auxey-DuressesÂ BlancÂ â€œLes HautÃ©s,â€ which thankfully happens to be their highest production wine (that is, more than two barrels produced), is a gem and a role model for other producers of the appellation.Â This is the wine that first attracted Kermit to the domaine. â€œI had rarely had an Auxey-Duresses that excited my taste buds,â€ he said, â€œI knew I was on to something.â€Â And indeed it reaches the heights of many a white Burgundy with a greater pedigree. It also evolves well in oneâ€™s cellar. The Vincentsâ€™ wine operation is a family affair and A-M and J-M split their time between the vineyards, cellars and their young children. Their miniscule production always sells out quickly to a small group of devoted clients. All of their wines are a testament to the importance ofÂ vigneronÂ talent in a given appellation. While a greatÂ vigneronÂ can make over-achievers from any appellation, a great appellation will never be great in the hands of mediocrity.