Florent Garaudet started in the tiny Burgundian village of Monthelie in 2008 at the tender age of 23. He was cash-strapped but energized by a passion that only comes when your work is a labor of love. Oh yeah, he also happened to have some of the oldest vines in his region of Burgundy, a distinct advantage when pitching business plans to wine savvy Burgundian bankers. Florent insists with such great raw material to work with, his main job is just to not mess it up. Believe me, he is not messing it up…
In a truly wild 2020 Burgundy vintage, Florent produced some of his best work yet – though there’s not much to go around. For his old-vine Meursault, he blends a few plots together from right underneath the 1er cru vineyard of ‘Les Santenots’. Here, all the vines are at least 60 years old, helping create a crazy sophisticated, rich and elegant wine from clay-limestone soils. Almost all the work is done by hand, and the results are truly staggering.