When importer, Charles Neal, first started getting a little more serious about adding Burgundian producers to his portfolio of French wines, Denis Carre was one of the first wineries with which he engaged. Charles appreciated Denis's experience, humility and skill in crafting honest and well priced Burgundy. Charles also likes that Denis Carre is a self-made Burgundian vigneron who did not inherit vines from his family. He simply knew he wanted to make great Burgundy so he used his savings to rent a parcel of vines to farm. With a little success, bit by bit, Denis was able to expand his domaine to 13 hectares of vines spread across eight different appellations in the Cote de Beaune. His children, Martial and Gaetane, began working full time in 2008 with Martial in the vines and acting a winemaker and Gaetane directing the business side of things. All the farming is done sustainably and the grapes are harvested by hand. This 2014 Saint-Romain was fermented in stainless steel and aged in 20% new French oak barrels. It begins with aromas of slightly sweet cherry, followed by juicy red fruit flavors on the medium bodied palate. It has just enough fruit and just enough structure to strike that happy medium of a well made village level Pinot Noir with character - all at a great price!