2017
Marsannay Rouge

Pinot Noir
Description

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, SD, VA or WV.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Dazzling colors ranging from ruby to garnet

Aroma: 

Notes of red and black berries in these extremely expressive wines are another sign of indulgence

Palate: 

Perfectly balance in the mouth combined with silky tannins results in a very harmonious ensemble that is subtle and without opulence

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage, the epitome of Bourgogne elegance.After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The plants progressed from stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set. An early vintage was confirmed. During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather. However, ripening continued at a good pace and by the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced.

Tech Notes
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Harvest Date: Sept. 19, 2017
  • Aging:
    • 16 months
    • 30% new toasted French oak
  • Cases produced: 
    • ​4,200 bottle
    • 200 magnums
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Smoked Salmon & Caper Crostini
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
Sauces:
Raspberry Compote
SKU:
1JBMASR317
$55