DOMAINE CYROT-BUTHIAU EN PRIMEUR 2021
Brothers Marc-Emmanuel and Olivier Cyrot are the fourth winemaking generation of this family domaine. They own six hectares of vines across Pommard, Volnay, Santenay and Maranges.
The cellars of Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau are dug into the side of a rocky escarpment in Pommard, adjacent to the premier cru Les Arvelets.
After returning from their studies, the two brothers took back the family’s vineyards from their long-term leases. Olivier is the winemaker, while Marc-Emmanuel looks after the business side, alongside a successful business representing other local growers and advising on vineyard land purchases.
THE 2021 VINTAGE AT DOMAINE CYROT-BUTHIAU
Whilst recent vintages have seen the inclusion of a proportion of whole clusters, the 2021s are 100% destemmed. The berries were cold-macerated for 4-5 days before fermentation. Extraction in 2021 took the form of gentle pumping-over, with no punching-down. New oak use ranges between 10% and 30%.
After the “historic” April 2021 frost (Olivier Cyrot’s word), in which the domaine lost between 30% and 80% of the crop, flowering was early and rapid. Harvest started on 18th September. The wines are fresh, with lower alcohol levels than in recent years.
£495/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
This wine comes from five plots, totalling 0.5ha. Two were purchased in 1995 and two in 2010, in the middle of the appellation: one in Les Lurets, one in Cros Martin, one in Poisots, one in Les Faminesand another in Les PauxBois. Supple raspberries, with a crunchy definition and bright acidity, framed by steely tannins. Salty definition on the finish. 100% destemmed.
Corney & Barrow Score 17
Recommended drinking from 2025–2029
£485/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
15 plots go into this, the domaine’svillage Pommard, from a total of 3ha. Ripe blackberries, with crunchy definition on the medium bodied mid-palate, with ferrous minerality and a fresh core of acidity. An approachable Pommard for earlier drinking, with good typicity. 100% destemmed.
Corney & Barrow Score 17+
Recommended drinking from 2025–2028
POMMARD 1ER CRU
£725/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
Due to the tiny quantities in 2021, this is a blend of the domaine’s Pommard 1ers Cru holdings:Les Arvelets (3 plots), Les Charmots(3 plots) and La Chagnière (2 plots).Ferrous-mineral, with a ripe, dark-berried intensity of aroma. The palate revels in small, thick-skinned blackberries and firm, fruit-coated tannins, with a kick of fruit ripeness on the finish. 25% new oak. 100% destemmed.
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5
Recommended drinking from 2026–2030
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