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.
SCORE: 91 | APRIL 13, 2022 | WINE SPECTATOR/WINE SPECTATOR'S INSIDER WEEKLY
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 WVAroma:
The nose is marked by red fruits.Palate:
The palate is digestible but exudes spicy notes, as well as some mineral notes. A powerful wine with structuring tannins. A nice lengthVintage Notes:
Harvest date: 7th of September 2018. Manual harvest using perforated 20kg crates. A first sorting in the vines followed by a second on the sorting table upon reception in the winery. At the winery: grapes 50% destemmed, put into vats using gravity. Total maceration lasted 18 days including 3 days of cold maceration (12°C). Fermentation using uniquely indigenous yeasts (no oenological additives such as enzymes or tannins). 4 pigeages. Vinification without sulfur. In the cellar: ageing in progress, 30% new barrels made from French oak, lengthily toasted.
Abundance and excellence After a winter that was almost too mild, the vintage was notable for two contrasting periods. Spring was sunny and totally devoid of frost, despite some localized episodes of hail, which had major impact on certain plots on the Côte de Nuits, which were hit in June. Then the summer was dry and hot, blocking the ripening process in places. Picking began early, with exceptionally abundant fruit in tip-top condition, offering the potential for some very fine wines.
Meats & Fish:Smoked Salmon & Caper Crostini, Chicken Bearnaise w/Mushroom; Pork Chops with Lemon SeasoningCheese & Nuts:Medium cheeses. Goat cheeseFruits & Vegetables:Baked Eggplant with Mushroom Tomato SauceSauces:Raspberry Compote
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- Harvest Date: Sept. 7, 2018
- 30% new toasted French oak
- 5-7 years