2016
Clos du Roi

Pinot Noir
Description

The Cuvée Signature range is a selection of reputed single vineyards villages, Premier and Grand Crus from Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune principally. They are produced in very limited quantities. Overlooking the town of Beaune, the 20 acre “Clos du Roi” Premier Cru vineyard (whose name refers to King Louis XI who appropriated this vineyard upon the death of Charles the Bold, the last Duke of Burgundy) produces magnificent Pinot Noir grapes.

Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to GA, IL, MI, MT, VA, IA, LA, MO or WV.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Dark cherry red.

Aroma: 

Full-bodied structure and powerfull aromas.

Palate: 

This wine pairs perfectly with game, meats or aged soft cheeses such as Epoisses, Soumaintrain or Maroilles.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

Our dearest Burgundy region could be the embodiment of that famous motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur...because for several years now it's been suffering the whims of the weather and has always been capable of producing great wines out of it. Once again, the vintage 2016 will be a tangible proof! Everything started from a very mild winter...maybe too mild to be honest. Actually, we should have been more wary of that sign for it was the warmest winter the region was going through since 1900. Sometimes the gap in the temperatures compared to the seasonal norms exceeded a 100%. In addition, the rain fell in excess particularly in Côte d'Or and as a consequence the lack of sun was really important. Winter really came 3 months late, in March, but didn't settle as the bursting of the first buds appeared at the beginning of April. So, as spring really settled, it also brought its share of climatic disasters: first, it was a hail storm that hit the South of the Mâconnais region; then, the most tragic freezing night in April, 26th stroke almost all the region from the Grand Auxerrois to Côte Chalonnaise; and finally, 2 more hail storms on the 13th and 27th May lashed over Chablis, leaving the region with almost no hope of harvest. This year, until summer, we went through very difficult times and had to hope for the vines to find the strength to grow again. Somehow our wish was granted, and the vegetative cycle started again, with great gaps from one plot to another. Due to all the climatic events, the flowering came late (mid-June) but didn't last long thanks to hot temperatures. From the month of July, the extremes reversed: the temperatures as well as the amount of sunshine exceeded the seasonal norms. Fortunately for the grape, it lasted until the end of October, allowing for a good maturity. Harvest began on September, 20th and spread over a month thanks to the great weather conditions, leaving us the opportunity to harvest each plot at its best. Finally, the grapes we harvested were of great quality and although the plots hit by hail or frost gave almost nothing, the other had good yields.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Beaune
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Harvest Date: September 20th
  • Aging Potential: 9-12 Years
  • Serving Temp:15 - 17 ºC (59 - 62 ºF) 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Roast Game & Chicken dishes
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
Grains:
Classic Italian Red Sauce Pastas
$120