Doubs, France

Georges Comte

Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2017


Le Moutherot ‘Les Pelerins’ 2017
Doubs, France

In a classic vintage, Chardonnay from this forgotten corner of France is a joy to behold. Pairing gorgeous stone fruits, a hint of reduction and an intense, stony minerality to brilliant effect, this is pitch-perfect and overdelivers in every facet.



The home and cellar of Georges Comte can be found in Émagny, a sleepy village in his native 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 akin to Puligny-Montrachet named Le Moutherot where the perfect combination of firm clay and limestone produces wines of great structure, minerality and depth.

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.

These are decidedly old fashioned, perhaps even unfashionable wines that reveal themselves slowly over time. For the curious few who are patient enough, they offer a true taste of yesteryear.