Published on February 27, 2014
1er Cru Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits Comparing Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Top Appellations Dennis Sherman, Elden Selections Erica Archer, Wine Wise
Elden Selections • Elden Wine got started in Burgundy in 1995 • Serving wines not available in the U.S. aboard our hotel barge Le Papillon • We believe in the wine we source • We have life-long relationships with the winemakers and their families • Appreciation and enthusiasm for our clients
Burgundy, France • Vine growing region in France • Viticulture started by the Celts, expanded under Roman rule • Excellent wines produced by the Monestaries 11th -13th Centuries • White Burgundy = Chardonnay • Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir • Complicated—vineyards are rated, not the Estate • Inconsistent—multiple producers in each vineyard
Burgundy, France 6 distinct zones: 1. Chablis 2. Côte de Nuits 3. Côte de Beaune 4. Côte Chalonaisse 5. Maconnais 6. Beaujolais (Gamay)
Quality Rating System
Geology • • Map 3-5 bulleted unique attributes
Wine #1 Beaune • Côte de Beaune Village • Capital of Burgundy—always been the center of it’s wine industry • More sand in the soil than most Cote D’Or Vineyards— wines tend to be more medium bodied • Dominated by negotiants and a few outstanding Domaines
Wine #1: Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos des Mouches’ • Clos des Mouches is the best known and arguably the best parcel of vines on the slopes south of Beaune • Plot: exposed south and east • Soil: marl and limestone with a little sand
Wine #1: 2009 Domaine Michel Arcelain Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos des Mouches’ • Put Michel Arcelain's perfect Pinot vines in a vineyard of this caliber, and you get something special • Grape: Pinot Noir (Pinot Fin) • Vine age: 50 years • Hand harvested • Traditional vinification • Oak barrels, varying ages • 1 racking • Bottled after 24 months • Light filtration
Wine #2: Volnay • Côte de Beaune Village • ½ of it’s vineyards are 1er Cru • Known for elegant and delicate red wines
Wine #2: Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Chenes' • One of the best-known vineyards of this generation. • Plot: 1.6 acres in the prime sector, well-drained, exposed south and east • Soil: brown soil on classic Jurassic limestone • Pruning: Guyot simple • Vine age: 30 years average • No weed killers, plowing to control undergrowth
Wine #2: 2005 Domaine Potinet-Ampeau Volnay 1er Cru 'Clos des Chenes' • Policy to age wines correctly before release • Grape: Pinot Noir • Vinification: Traditional • 20% new oak barrels, gentle toast • 1 racking before bottling • Bottled after 18 months • Bottling with light filtration
Wine #3: Pommard • Côte de Beaune Village • Producing the most powerful red wines in the region • Wines from here will be darker in color and deeper in flavor than neighboring Volnay • Rich and savory after 10 years of aging
Wine #3: Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Pezerolles' • Plot: 1.2 acres, white marl and limestone, exposed south and east • Soil: white marl on classic Jurassic limestone • Vine age: 10 years average • No weed killers, plowing to control undergrowth
Wine #3: 2005 Domaine Potinet-Ampeau Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Pezerolles' • Policy to age wines correctly before release • Grape: Pinot Noir • Vinification: Traditional • 20% new oak barrels, gentle toast • 1 racking before bottling • Bottled after 18 months • Bottling with light filtration
Wine #4: Nuits St Georges • Côte de Nuits Village • No Grand Cru but 27 Premier Cru Vineyards • Wines from here are sturdy and long-lived
Wine #4: Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Damodes' • • • • • • Parcel just to the south of the range of the Vosne Romanee Plot: Hillside, east facing Soil: Clay and limestone Pruning: Guyot simple Date of Plantation: 1963 Yield: 24hl/ha
Wine #4: 2007 Marchand-Tawse Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Damodes' • Grape: Pinot Noir • • • • • • Traditional vinification 65% new oak barrels 1 racking during aging period Bottled after 22 months No filtration or fining Carried out according to the lunar calendar
Wine #5: Gevrey-Chambertin • Côte de Nuits Village • Producing particularly powerful wines from Pinot Noir
Wine #5: Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru • • • • Plot: Blend of two plots 'Cherbaudes' and 'La Perrière',. Soil: Light and brown calcareous, with a little of gravel Pruning: Guyot simple Vine age: 60 years
Wine #5: 2009 Domaine Maume Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru • Domaine Maume is a quasi-mythical producer of Gevrey-Chambertin with excellent holdings in village, 1er cru, grand cru • The production is minuscule • Traditional Vinification, 100% destemmed • 30% new oak barrels, gentle toast • 1 racking during aging period • Bottled after 18 months • No filtration or fining • All aging operations according to the lunar calendar
Wine #6: Chambolle-Musigny • Côte de Nuits Village • Producing particularly charming wines from Pinot Noir • Known for richness and finesse
Wine #6: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Feusselottes' • • • • ‘Feusselottes’ is a focal point Chambolle premiers crus We talk of silk and lace Plot: in the heart of the alluvial fan close to other top of 1er Cru Soil: Brown calcareous, deep with a lot of gravel
Wine #6: 2010 Marchand-Tawse Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Feusselottes' • • • • • • • • Pascal Marchand takes on the delicate side of Burgundy Grape: Pinot Noir Vinification: 20% whole clusters, lightly crushed; 80% destemmed 30% new oak barrels, gentle toast 1 racking during aging period Bottled after 22 months No filtration or fining Carried out according to the lunar calendar
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