Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.
The fruit for this wine comes from old vines, all from the Côte de Nuits, which ensures that the quality of the blend is far higher than that of a standard Bourgogne. The vineyard management here is stringent and uses specific techniques to control yields, guaranteeing good concentration of flavours in the grapes, such as debudding, cluster thinning, little or no use of fertiliser and environmentally-friendly vine protection.
The grapes were hand harvested from early September Vintage_2012 using small, 20kg crates. Sorting took place in the vineyards and then again on the sorting table upon arrival to the winery. Grapes were 100% destalked but not crushed and put into vats using gravity. Total maceration lasted for 21-25 days including one week cold maceration at 12°C to develop aroma and good colour, with pigeages (punching down of the cap) when necessary. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts. The wine was aged for 16 months on the lees without racking off in French oak barrels (20% new oak). The wine was slightly filtered but unfined and bottled using gravity in January Vintage_2014.
A fresh, great value Burgundy with lovely roundness. Bright ruby-red in colour with intense red fruit aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry with hints of black pepper. The freshness continues through to the palate with juicy red fruits and lovely silky tannins.