Marsannay Rouge

Pinot Noir

Elegant mid-weight reds are made in the traditional dry, earthy style of the French classics. Most are Pinot Noirs, but all share European sensibilities and a savory food-oriented flavor profile.

FOOD PAIRING: Flexible partners for lighter meats, poultry & seafood (served hot). Ideal for dishes accented with CHEESE, MUSHROOMS or GARLIC, but not suited for spicy heat or sugary foods!


The vineyard of "The Golden Gate of the Côte de Nuits" covers the towns of Chenove, Marsannay-la-Côte and Couchey. This AOC is based on soils of great complexity of clay-limestone Middle Jurassic type. The grapes of this cuvée come exclusively from the climate "La Bretignière" located in the town of Couchey a few hundred meters from the Fixin appellation. This small plot is located at the bottom of the hill with a full-east exposure and on a predominantly limestone soil. There are traces of the name "La Bretignière" (from the old French Breton / Brecton = hawk) in the 1700s, it refers to the presence of a falconry where birds of prey were raised for hunting. It was attached to a manor house.

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

Tasting Notes

With a beautiful brilliant dark red color.


This wine exhales intense aromas of violets, blackcurrant and some licorice notes.


The palate is rich with a nice tannic structure and reveals a beautiful aromatic persistence.

Vintage Notes: 

Harvest date: 2 September 2020. The grapes were sorted a first time in the vineyard and a second time on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery. At the winery: the grapes were 50% destemmed but not crushed (they were left whole) and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration with 50% whole bunches of 14 days including 4 days cold (12 ° C): Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only (no additives such as enzymes or tannins were used). Vinification without sulfur. 2 punchings of the cap.

Tech Notes
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Harvest Date: Sept. 2, 2020
  • Aging:
    • 10 month
    • 42% new toasted French oak
    • 7-12 years
  • Production: 2,197 bottles
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Smoked Salmon & Caper Crostini, Chicken Bearnaise w/Mushroom; Pork Chops with Lemon Seasoning
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
Fruits & Vegetables:
Baked Eggplant with Mushroom Tomato Sauce