Domaine Jean Tardy & Fils is the story of three generations of vignerons who, over the decades, have earned reputations for making some of the most terroir-driven and remarkable wines in the Côte d’Or. In 1920 Victor Tardy found vineyard work at Domaine Camuzet, where he so impressed the domaine’s owners that in 1945 they asked him to work “en métayage,” or as an independent sharecropper and winemaker. By 1966 his son Jean had taken over and was working additional vineyards “en metayage.” Jean’s son Guillaume studied oenology in college and in 2003 took over Domaine Jean Tardy, which today includes about 20 acres in several appellations. Guillaume’s wines have earned compliments from reviewers. Wine Advocate wrote that Guillaume “is one of the young and upcoming winemakers of Vosne-Romanée. Tardy’s wines often have a modern sheen, perhaps even a glossiness that distinguished them from others.”
Vosne-Romanée is the most prestigious appellation in Burgundy. Its 449 acres of vineyards are in and around the village of Vosne-Romanée and they include renowned Grand Cru vineyards which produce some of the world’s most coveted – and costly —wines. The Grands Crus are Richebourg, La Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and La Tâche. The Grand Crus Échezeaux and Grands- Échezeaux are actually located in the neighboring village of Flagey-Échezeaux, but legally they can be sold under the Vosne-Romanée appellation. There are also seventeen Premier Crus in Vosne-Romanée. Wine writer Clive Coates has called Vosne-Romanée “the greatest Pinot Noir village on earth” and notes that the appellation’s style “is for wines which are rich, austere, sensual, masculine and aristocratic.”
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.