Burgundian négociant Jean-Claude Boisset will be using screwcap instead of cork closures for 2500 bottles of three top red appellations.
‘Screwcap is our future’, Boisset head winemaker Grégory Patriat said, adding that he had become a strong supporter of screwcaps after tasting a 1976 Mercurey that was sealed under screwcap and had aged very well.
‘I am eager to use screwcaps on top wines, for a change’, he said, alluding to former announcements made by other producers of their using screwcaps on regional Burgundy wines.
The 2500 bottles of 2003 Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin Villages and Santenay 1er Cru will use screwcap closures ‘in order to capture the fruity aromas so typical of 2003’, Patriat said.
According to Boisset’s daughter Nathalie Bergès, the first batch of screwcap wines won’t necessarily be followed by the group’s other brands, such as La Vougeraie.
Written by Florence Kennel