On a small dirt track off the main D974 road in Gevrey-Chambertin, a small cellar lies hidden just behind a supermarket. Whilst this tarp covered, garage-like cellar is far from glamorous, it is where Mark Haisma, former winemaker at Yarra Yering in Yarra Valley, Australia, has been crafting wines of great excellence since 2007. In very short time he has already earned great praise from prominent wine critics such as Tim Atkin MW, listing him as one of “Top 25 Burgundy Producers to Watch”.
His style is centered around approachability and drinkability at younger ages. “My winemaking has always sought to capture freshness and play on the aromatics of the grapes I work with. Power, structure, indefinite ageing, black colours are not my thing”, Haisma explains. And this style has certainly captured the heart of Jancis Robinson MW who describes him as having “struck gold” and that his wines “have an excellent balance between fruit, expression and refreshment without being in any way wimpish”. To add to the compliments, she also rated his Gevrey Chambertin 2012 as one of eight “overperformers in 2012”.
Overall, Mark is a passionate winemaker who thrives in challenges. He found success in his move from a stable career in the Yarra Valley to not only a tougher winemaking climate, but also a tougher business in Burgundy. His 12,000 bottle annual production is sold out each year meaning allocations are hard to come by, so we are fortunate to be able to get our hands on a variety of appellations.