Doubs, France

Georges Comte

Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2013


Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2013
Doubs, France

From a perfect vintage that many have touted to be in the best in recent memory, this is Chardonnay of uncommon detail and finesse. Compact and elegant, it possesses the kind of harmony that suggests it will reward drinkers for many years to come.



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.