A Burgundy Offer from Seiichi Saito

Seiichi Saito of Domaine Petit-Roy is based in Chorey-les-Beaune where he has crafted precise and exhilarating wines since 2017. After attending the prestigious Beaune wine school in 2006, Seiichi went on to apprentice for over a decade at some of the finest domaines in Burgundy including Mugnier, Leflaive, Rousseau and Bize. Applying everything he has learned during this time to the 2 hectares of vines that comprise Domaine Petit-Roy, Seiichi farms biodynamically, and in the cellar favours whole cluster fermentations, gentle extraction, no new oak or filtration, and sulphur only at bottling where absolutely necessary. 

Originally from Japan, Seiichi is the latest in a string of outsiders that have shot to fame in Burgundy, following in the footsteps of Catherina Sadde (Les Horées), Christian Knott (Domaine Dandelion), Joachim and Olivia Skyaasen (Maison Skyaasen) and Jonathan Purcell (Vin Noé) to make wine in minuscule quantities to huge acclaim. We are delighted to be able to offer 8 Domaine Petit-Roy cuvées from the blockbuster 2020 vintage, a year heralded as one of the best in Burgundy in recent years and one which produced high-quality, age-worthy wines with tremendous concentration, structure and purity of fruit.

Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Boutières': Les Boutières is Chardonnay from a tiny 0.09 hectare plot of vines grown in clay, limestone and marl soils in the lieu-dit of 'Aux Boutières' in Savigny-les-Beaune. Directly pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts for over 2 months in old oak before bottling without filtration or sulphur. Beautifully textured with searing citrus fruit broadening out on the palate to include notes of hazelnuts, pastry and spice.

Maranges Blanc 'Bas des Loyères': Bas des Loyères is Chardonnay from a 0.19 hectare plot of vines growing in clay, limestone and marl soils in  Sampigny-Les-Maranges. Elegant and open with intense citrus blossom (lemon, lime), pastry, quince and fine spice aromas.

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 'Les Combottes': This is Chardonnay from the lieu-dit of Les Combottes in Pernand-Vergelesses, hand-harvested, direct pressed and aged in old oak for 11 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Wonderful concentration as you would expect from Seiichi's top white cuvée with a hint of reduction giving way to lemon curd, butter, poached quince and chalky minerals.

Bourgogne Rouge 'Les Lormes': Les Ormes is Pinot Noir from the lieu-dit of the same name in Pommard where the vines, planted between 1992 and 1998, grow in clay-limestone. In contrast to Le Sousa, the grapes here were 100% de-stemmed before fermentation with indigenous yeasts and ageing for 16 months in old oak. No fining or filtration. A red fruit nose of raspberries and strawberries with some darker cherry underneath and touches of wild herbs and game on the savoury finish.

Bourgogne Rouge 'De Sousa': De Sousa is Pinot Noir from a 0.17 hectare plot of old vines planted in 1949 in the lieu-dit of Les Ormes in Pommard. 100% whole bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 16 months in old oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Lifted, perfumed aromas of rose, cherry blossom and souk spices, mouth-coating texture and fine-grained tannins.

Monthelie Rouge 'Les Crays': This is Pinot Noir from the famed Les Crays plot in Monthelie where Julien Guillot also produces a superb Monthelie. Vivid, lifted aromas of concentrated red and black berry fruit with plenty of enchanting spice aromas and a peppery quality to the long finish.

Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge: This is Seiichi's Savigny-lès-Beaune made from a plot of Pinot Noir vines planted in deep clay soils in the mid-1990s. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 16 months in old oak before bottling without fining or filtration, it's elegant yet deeply fruited with black cherry and blackcurrant aromas laden with wild herb and exotic spice notes.

Chorey-lès-Beaune Rouge: The Chorey-lès-Beaune is made from 100% whole bunches, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in old oak for 12 months before bottling without fining or filtration. A bright fruited and savoury Chorey with earthy raspberry and red cherry aromas supported by chalky minerality and hints of undergrowth on the firm finish.