Rully Premier CruPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: at the gates of the Côte d'Or, a few kilometers south of Santenay; this appellation is part of the Region of Mercurey.
History & tradition: the village of Rully is ancient; the land may have been cleared first by a Roman whose name was Rubilius.
Soil: secondary age limestone layers, in the continuation of Mercurey.
Planting density: 10,000 stocks per hectare.
Yield: 51 hl/ha, low on purpose, in order to reveal every nuance from the terroir.
Supply: grapes and must are purchased from vineyard owners who are trusted supply partners. Very slow pressing, to respect fruit. The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (20% in new oak).
Length: 8 to 10 months.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. 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
"The Rully Premier Cru has a green tinted golden colour. With great finesse, the subtleties of flavours are ranging from "hedge flowers" (acacia, hawthorn, honeysuckle) to violet, lemon and white peach. Than, the time shows honey, quince, dried fruit. On the palate it is fruity, round, fat and long, with freshness and elegance".
This vintage produced wines of various styles, some with a rather high acidity level, others offering roundness. The main factor has been the frost. The vines hit by this severe spring frost very often matured later, giving fairly nervous wines, whereas the plots spared by frost reached a more precocious maturity. Many beautiful wines in this multi-faceted vintage.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.