Country: France Region: Burgundy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Maison Joseph Drouhin
Site: a dozen of various appellations especially rigorously selected by Joseph Drouhin are used for this wine.
History & tradition: the first plantings of Pinot Noir in Burgundy probably go back to 150 BC. This wine, made 100% with this famous grapes, is the archetype of Bourgogne Pinot Noir for Joseph Drouhin.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 vine stocks/hectare.
Yield: 62 hl/ha, purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
- maceration and vinification take 2 to 3 weeks.
- indigenous yeasts.
- maceration and fermentation temperatures under total control.
Joseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance to a wine but should never be detrimental to its finesse and typical character.
Stainless-steel vats (7 to 8 months).
One to two-year old barrels for the wines of higher origin.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A wine full of charm: bright ruby colour and a nose rich with aromas of red fruit (raspberry, red currants, wild strawberry). On the palate, the wine is pleasant, fruity and refreshing, with light tannins and great elegance".
Côte de Beaune: the wines develop a supple structure with pleasant tannins.
Côte de Nuits: the wines have more concentration but they are easy to taste.
They all display deep colours. They are evolving nicely, increasing in complexity and elegance.
Temperature: 12/13°C (53-55°F)
Cellaring: 1 to 3 years