Production area

The village is located at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, between Vougeot and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The vines grow at an ideal altitude of approximately 250 metres and cover just over 150 ha. The soil is clay-limestone.

Origins

The plots growing the communal appellation lie either at the top of the slope or at its foot on either side of the Grand Cru Climats and in some cases reaching the same altitude. The soils are limestone mixed with clayey marls. Depth of soil varies from some tens of centimetres to 1 metre deep. The exposure is easterly.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir

Vinification and maturing

Vinification in stainless steel tanks followed by 6 to 8 months of barrel ageing.

Tasting notes

Shades of red vary from pure ruby to black tulip and are often quite intense. At other times the wine is a fiery red darkening to garnet with a touch of crimson. Ripe fruit over spices is frequently the main ingredient of the bouquet, modified by the presence of strawberry, raspberry, bilberry, or blackcurrant. These refined and well-blended aromas evolve with age into cherries-in-brandy, preserved fruits, leather and fur, and gamey/woodland scents. On the palate the wine is velvety and distinguished - the Pinot Noir at the top of its form. The wine may seem a little austere in its youth; it needs time in the bottle to develop structure and fleshy texture.

Food and wine pairing

The powerfully tannic but nevertheless perfectly smooth build of this spicy, opulent, and meaty wine inclines it towards strongly-flavoured meats with a markedly fibrous consistency which the wine can tame and envelop. Good-quality poultry, lamb (patiently oven-roasted), and roast feathered game are easy first choices. But a thick cut of lean, firm-textured beef will match the wine’s fullness, while spicy couscous with poultry will be equally delighted with such a wine for company. A less obvious pairing - foie gras poêlé - also has its advocates amongst serious foodies. This wine has a sufficient force of personality to accompany intensely-flavoured cheeses such as Époisses, Langres, Saint-Florentin, or Aisy cendré, as well as Cîteaux.

Serving suggestions

14 to 16°C

Ageing potential

10 years and more.

Ropiteau Frères since 1848

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Cour des Hospices
21190 Meursault
France
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