Winemakers place an indelible mark on the vineyards and grapes they cultivate; and, Philippe Engel's particular brand of skill and artistry is sorely missed these days. In hindsight, it took him roughly a decade to transform his family's estate from a good one to an excellent one, and was working at this level of stand-out quality for only a dozen vintages, through the 1990s and early 2000s, before he died of a heart attack in 2005. His last vintage was 2004.
If I could have just one vintage of red Burgundy in the last ten years, I wouldn't hesitate for a second: 2010. The reason? The clarity, precision and delicacy of flavours and textures which the vintage so naturally gave.