Domaine Bart, Marsannay (Burgundy, France) 2020

($35, Jeanne-Marie de Champs Selection):  I taste at Domaine Bart every year because they are one of the top producers in Marsannay, the northern-most village of the Côte de Nuits.  Wines from Marsannay remain under consumers’ radar, in part, because the village has no vineyards designated as premier cru, yet.  That will change.  For now, and even when that occurs, remember it is still producer, producer, producer.  And Bart is certainly among those at the top.  Bart produces a fabulous array of wines from individual vineyards within that village.  This one, however, is a blend of various plots within the village.  Though it reflects the warmth of the 2020 vintage, somehow Bart captured the necessary acidity to keep the boisterous fruitiness in check.  With time in the glass, a glorious and intriguing savory spiciness emerges.  Tannins are finely honed so drinking this one now is not a problem if you embrace the fruity aspect of red Burgundy.  I would advise waiting a year or so to allow the savory elements to emerge. It is very hard to find red Burgundy of this caliber at this price.  It will disappear from retailers’ shelves quickly.
90 Michael Apstein Sep 6, 2022