Doubs, France

Georges Comte

Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2009


Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2009
Doubs, France

From a blockbuster vintage, this is Chardonnay at its most profound. Dense, complex and incredibly long, every little detail is in place and despite being well into its second decade of life, there is a presence here that suggests a long life ahead.



The home and cellar of Georges Comte can be found in Émagny, a sleepy village in the Doubs. Despite sitting somewhere between the Jura, Burgundy and Alsace, the region is something of a forgotten land for wine.

Since 1989 Georges has worked from eight hectares of vines planted over a magnificent terroir named Le Moutherot, where the perfect combination of firm clay and limestone produces wines of great structure, depth and longevity.

To visit here is to take a step back in time. In the old cellar underneath his home, he does things the same way he has since that very first vintage, ageing the wine in old barrels for at least two years, following the moon’s cycles and bottling by hand. He does not filter the wines, adds nothing at all and keeps the bottles in the cellar until he thinks they are ready to drink.

Georges’ are decidedly old fashioned, perhaps even unfashionable wines which reveal themselves slowly over time. For those patient enough, they offer a true taste of yesteryear.