2020 Domaine Laurent Cognard Mercurey 'Les Deux Terres'
With an altruistic twinkle in his hazel eyes and his imposing stature, Laurent is destined to become a force to be reckoned within the white Burgundy echelons. Born in 1975, he exudes confidence and drive and he has a crystal clear understanding of what constitutes a great Chardonnay de terroir. His formative years were spent as wine consultant for the fine wine section of a major brewery in Lyon and then a stint as commercial agent for Champagne BILLECART SALMON in Paris. This gave him a solid grounding in matters of marketing and sales. In 2004, he returned home to Buxy permanently to take over his parents' vineyards - the produce of which had been up to that point delivered to the local cooperative. He tends 7 hectares and revamped the vines, weening them progressively onto a natural sustainable model involving much ploughing to drive the roots deeper into the terroir. He only uses environmentally friendly treatments and sprays.