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Site: in southern Burgundy, 10 km from Châlon-sur-Saône.
History & tradition: the story goes that it was the favorite wine of French King Henry IV.
Soil: limestone; excellent south east or due south exposure.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: low on purpose, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance.
Grape Supply: grapes are purchased from supply partners.
Type: in barrels (10% in new oak).
Length: 12 to 15 months.
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 round and seductive wine, appreciated by all wine connoisseurs. With its lively and bright colour, it has intense fruity aromas reminiscent of gooseberry and black currant, evolving towards spicy nuances as the wine gets older. On the palate, there is a nice balance between texture and finesse, with firm but refined tannins. Long and enticing aftertaste, with flavors of very ripe fruit".
The 2016 crop was low in quantity but its quality provides a nice surprise. The mature grapes gave deep ruby-coloured wines displaying notes of black fruit mingled with hints of violet and spices. The palate is round and generous. The wines are typical of their terroir.
Temperature: 15°C (58°C).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.