Burgundy has always been my heart. I feel its one of the very few wine regions in the world that can offer a range from a simple nice bottle to have with your burger to the greatest wine I have ever had (1939 DRC’s Echezeaux).
When I am asked who my favorite Burgundy producers are – Digioia is always near the top of my list. The next question that I am asked is Who? and How do you pronounce that?
Michel Digioia (dee – zwhy – ah) took over his wife’s family Domaine in 1999 and transformed them from selling off their grapes to a Domaine that produced their own wines. His first vintage was in 2004. Working with small parcels of land almost exclusively in Chambolle, Michel is very well regarded among his peers. An apocryphal story goes that when Christophe Rumier, Frederick Mugnier (two of the younger powerhouse Burgundy producers), and Daniel Johnnes went out for lunch before a La Paulee they started it off with a bottle from Digioia.
In 2011, Digioia added a holding in Nuits-St-Georges bringing the vineyards to about 12 acres in total and case production up to 2000. Needless to say that his wines are hard to find. All his fruit is hand harvested and destemmed, cold soaked to slow fermentation, and the elevage is 14-18 months in no more than 20% new oak, sometimes no new oak at all. His AC Chambolle vines are 60 years old and are farmed lutte raisonée (sustainably).
Digioia-Royer Chambolle-Musigny 2011, $78
Classic Chambolle perfumed nose with the masculine style of Digioia of dark red fruits, tight structure and big tannins. This wine is approachable now with a few hours decant, and will really sing in a few years (but mine never seem to last that long!).
Digioia brings more elegance to his NSG without losing the classic notes of framboise, earth and spice. Adding a touch of toffee and more pomegranate, red currant in this tightly lean muscle of a wine, it is drinking very well right now!
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