Vincent Dancer: grace, elegance and balance

vincent dancer oneGrace, elegance and balance. Three words that summarise the wines of Vincent Dancer. This figurehead of Beaune rubs shoulders with all the greats in Burgundy where he is highly respected for his assiduous and creative work in the vineyard.  We find out more about this dynamic winemaker.

The first thing that should be said is Vincent Dancer is not Burgundian. His cuvées, however, would lead you to believe otherwise and are the mark of a vigneron who understands his terroir. Dancer came to Burgundy with no innate savoir-faire of this great region but a “hope of producing wines close to their origin and their vintage”. These humble words conceal the hard graft and long hours that go into crafting his wines.

The domain was established in 1996 in Chassagne-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune. Dancer cultivates five hectares of vines on exceptional village and premier cru terroir in Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Pommard and Beaune.

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Dancer’s wines are lauded for their tension, delicacy and precision and remain alive and vibrant after a few years in the cellar. His white wines have a reputation for their purity and mineral expression while his reds- a portfolio that ranges from simple Bourgogne wines to Pommard premier cru- are remarkably supple.

What started as production for private consumption has now passed to 20,000 bottles a year. Dancer belongs to the new generation of winemakers who started a ‘viticultural revolution’ in Burgundy in the 1990s. He is uncompromising and passionate in his work. His vineyards have held organic certification since 2011 but he has recently been experimenting with biodynamics. Dancer doesn’t practice the traditional Burgundian winemaking methods and some believe that it this experimental and creative approach that is the key to his creativity and success. His alternate use of barrels and vats for the maturation process has been reaped successful results.

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Beaune Les Montrevenots
Chassagne-Montrachet Tête du Clos, La Romanée, Morgeot Rouge
Meursault Les Corbins, Les Grands Charrons, Perrières
Pommard Les Perrières, Les Pézerolles
Puligny-Montrachet Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru


Bourgogne Vincent Dancer 2016

Organically certified, Vincent Dancer, takes a ‘hands-off’ approach. On the nose you’ll find aromas of flowers, white fruit and buttered bread while the mouth is fresh and generous. This is a wonderful introduction to his range. A Bourgogne with plenty of finesse, elegance and balance.

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru La Romanée Vincent Dancer 2016

The Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru La Romanée is matured for 12 months in barrels and 6 months in vats. The resulting wine is rich, dense, fat and elegant.

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Tête du Clos Vincent Dancer 2016 

The Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Tête du Clos is raised for 12 months in barrels and 6 months in vats. The wine is rich, dense and fat thanks to a well-integrated maturation.

Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrières Vincent Dancer 2016

The Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrièresis matured in barrels and vats for 2 years. It is typical of its appellation with buttery aromas and plenty of depth. An excellent wine to cellar.

Meursault Les Grands Charrons Vincent Dancer 2016

A cuvée that stands out for its balance and density. It shows magnificent tension and minerality not to mention an excellent length. A true gem.

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