It’s always a pleasure to find a vigneron that has been under the radar and is just beginning to hit their stride; Rudolphe is one of those. The path to his current level of quality took its time coming off learning the ropes with his grandparents, a generation that was under the influence of technology and strong conventional work in the vineyards. After starting in 1992, Rudolphe has amassed 8 hectares of vines in the Côte de Beaune and has upped the ante on everything he is doing. These days, there are no chemical treatments for herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. He follows the rhythm of the lunar cycle when moving his wines and making picking decisions. He plows his vineyards aby horse and tractor to aerate the soils and to take out grasses and weeds. His cluster selection is made early in the season to concentrate the energy of the vines to fewer clusters in the pursuit of quality over quantity. All is done by hand and under severe scrutiny. Rudolphe Demougeot has arrived and has begun turning heads in Burgundy, even the heads of the most revered estates in the region.