By Ray Jordan.
"It's a curious combination: Pascal Marchand, Canadian-born, Burgundy-based winemaker who entered adulthood with thoughts of becoming a poet; Jeff Burch, successful Australian businessman whose passion for wine drew him into the grapes game. Charming Marchand's lyrical winemaking might be inspired by Gautier or Hugo - so very French; while Burch's unbridled enthusiasm might be more at home with the less refined rants of Kevin Bloody Wilson - very Australian. They are different in so many ways, yet the same in others. The common thread is the wines of Burgundy. Their shared enthusiasm for Pinot Noir, in particular, and Chardonnay has created a dynamic partnership in Australia and France where they produce wines under the Marchand & Burch label. Marchand spends time in both countries following a strict biodynamic doctrine in every aspect of the wine. The latest line-up of Marchand & Burch wines from the vineyards of Burgundy have just arrived and they are very good. Most are from the outstanding 2009 vintage and when you consider prices for some Australian and New Zealand pinots, these are good value for money.
Marchand & Burch Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Fonteny
This is masterfully made Pinot Noir. Such extraordinary mouth-feel and texture coming from some exceptional fruit treated with extended time in new Allier oak. Silky and fine in the mouth but with generosity and power. Has a light minerally thread supporting the spine to a long, sustained finish. 98 Points.
Perfect with duck confit.
Marchand & Burch Gevrey-Chambertin
Distinct leafy, floral aroma of violet and cherry. Slightly more new French oak, with about 30 per cent new Allier adding to the lift on the nose. The palate is seamless, with silky, fine tannins and supple fruit. The acid is fine, yet plays a key role in sustaining the finish. Great structure should see this wine cellar for a number of years 95 Points.
Perfect with mushroom risotto.
Marchand & Burch Meursault
Picked from two vineyards with a mix of limestone and clay. Long fermentation in French oak with plenty of lees and a further 22 months in oak and, apart from a light fining, was not filtered before bottling. A creamy, slightly toasty feel in the mouth, with some light roasted cashew influences. The palate shows a fine, chalky acid and a long, precise finish 96 Points.
Perfect with chicken breast in lemon.
Marchand & Burch Vosne-Romanee
Highly perfumed Pinot from this famous area of Burgundy. Steely, earthy thread runs through the lifted floral violet and cherry combination. There is complexity, power and finesse, with a remarkable depth and persistence to a very long finish. It is subtle and gentle yet with underlying power 97 Points.
Perfect with herb-crusted lamb.
Marchand & Burch Bourgogne
This is your entry-level Burgundy wine. No new oak is used here; after 18 months in older oak it is further aged in tank. Lovely floral, herbal note with a distinct minerally steeliness. The palate is firmish and finely crafted, with nice subtle floral fruit intensity. It has plenty of power and a long persistent finish 92 Points.
Perfect with pork sausage and truffle mash."