Emmanuel Rouget is one of Burgundy’s greatest wine makers who also owns some of the region’s finest vineyards. A man of reticent nature, he is reflective and sensitive, yet with some gentle persuasion, he is happy to discuss his wines, his vineyards and his winemaking. His uncle was the late great Henri Jayer from whom he had learned enormously. In fact, Emmanuel had been tending Henri’s vineyards and making his wines when his uncle retired in 1991. But he also has been making his own wines since 1985 with his own parcels of vines some of which border those of Henri. His style is not dissimilar to his uncle’s. They are pure, old fashioned and complex with a streak of undeniable wildness. They are often difficult to taste from barrel, but with time, their pedigree reveals itself.