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".
Pretty, bright golden yellow colour. This is a consistent and attractive vintage: the aromas are ripe, more like mature fruit than flowers, with notes of honey and roasted hazelnut. Very attractive as a whole. The acidity level is lower than 2004. The natural alcoholic degree is slightly higher than usual but does not give any heaviness to the wines. The aromas are quite long on the palate and well defined, with some complexity. Ready to drink. 2005 is less exotic than 2003 and as true to type as 2004 was. In fact, there is more resemblance with 2002, or even 1989.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.