There are many famous names in Burgundy, ones that every Burgophile knows: Among them are Dominique Laurent, Aubert de Villaine and Jean-Marc Roulot. And there are quite a few others who may be less familiar, but who play a key role in Burgundy today—whether out in the world or locally. Here are five movers and shakers everyone who loves wine should know.
Pierre and Fabienne Escoffier are the husband-and-wife owners of Ma Cuisine, the restaurant in the Burgundian city of Beaune that is a favorite of wine collectors and local producers alike. Indeed, the Escoffiers count many of Burgundy's leading vignerons as friends, including Anne Gros, Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot, whose wines can be found on their very reasonably priced list. Gros wines, for example, start with her "simple" Burgundies and run to her 2001 Richebourg ($445). The Escoffiers also run a wine shop, La Cave Sainte Hélène. Passage Ste. Hélène, Beaune; 011-33-3-80-22-30-22.
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Jean-Marie Guffens is one of Burgundy's leading innovators—and one of its most controversial figures. A Belgian former wine merchant, Guffens created his own small domaine, Guffens-Heynen, with his wife, Maine; he also launched a larger négociant business, Verget, with Jean Rijckaert (they have since split up), where he has set new standards of excellence, producing breathtaking whites from grapes purchased throughout Burgundy, from Chablis to Pouilly-Fuissé. Even more astonishing, he has proven that wines from the unheralded Mâconnais region can be as majestic and mind-blowing as a grand cru Montrachet.