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2014  

Production area

This wine is the newest Burgundy appellation, created in 2011, with a name that evokes a terroir and an expertise; a wine which allows consumers to gain access to high-quality pure varietal Burgundy Pinot Noir at a modest price. It offers the wine-lover the joy of discovery, the pleasure of tasting and comparing and the opportunity to learn more about this famous region. As Gaston Roupnel would say, this new Burgundy appellation will succeed "allowing the wine-loving world to drink the health of France! ». A regional appellation, made principally from Gamay grapes, our Coteaux Bourguignons can be produced from vineyards throughout the Greater Burgundy area. The origins of this particular cuvée is the South Burgundy, Beaujolais area., mainly from Saint-Julien village.

Varietal

100% Gamay

Vinification and maturing

The grapes were 30% de-stemmed. Maceration lasted approx. 15 days during which pumping-over with oxygenation took place at regular intervals. Temperatures controlled and maintained at 25-28° C. After pressing, the temperatures are lowered in order to preserve the fruit aromas. After pressing, the temperatures are lowered in order to preserve the fruit aromas. The wine is transferred to stainless-steel vats to keep maximum fruit flavours. Malo-lactic fermentation took place to enable the wine to soften and prepare for bottling.

Tasting notes

VISUAL: Ruby red with light violet tinges.
NOSE: With fine intensity, one notices aromas of red fruit (wild strawberry, blackberry) marrying with a light vanilla touch and gentle torrefaction.
TASTE: Structured wine, both fruity and spicy. The tannins are present yet are well-melted into the wine’s complexity. The sensation of sucrosity is very apparent, fully in harmony with the fruity aromas perceived in retro-olfaction. A toasted taste is present on the finish giving excellent length.

Food and wine pairing

Ideal with charcuterie, red meats and cheese.

Serving suggestions

Serving temperature about 15-16°C as an aperitif or at 17-18°C with food.

Ageing potential

Ready to drink now, can be kept 2-3 years.

Vintage : 2014

After three very small vintages what Burgundy urgently needs in 2014 is quantity. Our prayers may have been answered: the 2014 vintage is very promising with good yields! After another year of surprising weather, September lived up to its reputation and played its part to the full in terms of ripening the grapes. In the springtime, the 2014 vintage looked like being an early one and the vines profited from the hot and dry weather, which indicated an abundant harvest and healthy vines. In summer, the sun appeared to have gone on vacation elsewhere, and the advance gained at the start of the cycle was soon lost. However, despite the wet and chilly weather, maturation began to gather pace at the end of August. The Burgundy winegrowing region, like France’s other winegrowing regions, experienced a few pockets of sour rot. The plots of Pinot Noir were subjected to strict sorting, both in the vines and in the winery. This occasional phenomenon was localized in an otherwise very healthy year. The harvest began in mid-September in the sunshine. The grapes brought into the wineries were ripe, healthy and aromatic. 2014 will be an excellent year for white wines in the Burgundy region. Their clear-cut, precise structure promises good keeping potential. Red wines offer intense colors, a fruity nose, and concentration in the mouth, with smooth, pleasant tannins, and lovely notes of fresh fruit. They are wonderfully sophisticated, hinting at all the qualities of great red Burgundy wines.

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