Coulanges la Vineuse is one of the lesser-known appellations of Burgundy, but that is exactly why it is the perfect place for experimention. Nicolas Vauthier makes Burgundy that is truly individual and doesn't necessarily correspond to the typicity of the area - naturally, our interest was piqued. He is also making wine in spots like Chitry, Irancy and Epineuil; wines that a hardcore Burgundy buff might consider second-rate, but for Vauthier it's more of an accessible canvas to start work on. This is Burgundian Pinot as you have perhaps not tried before - the fruit has a cranberry-like tartness and there are herbal notes of cinnamon and clove wafting at the edges. There are autumnal-feeling savoury notes, like piles of old leaves, but the main thing is the wine just bursts with energy and is a real thrill to drink. Finesse is high with this one, despite its initially unruly appearance. If you want to see the flipside to stuffy old-school Burgundy then look no further than Vini Viti Vinci!