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About This Wine
Pinot Noir. This is altogether more serious and comes from mature Pinot plots (40-70 years) in Côte de la Ronce/Haut de la Ronce, Côte de Tue Chien and Gueules de Loup. These vineyards are on slopes of Kimmeridgian limestone and brown clays. Macerated and fermented in open wood fermenters before being transferred to 300-litre Burgundian barrels, 20% new with the remainder 1-4 years old, for twelve months.
"The 2016 Côtes d'Auxerre Corp de Garde Rouge, a blend of two kimmeridgian limestone profiles, has a lovely raspberry punnet and licorice bouquet, a bit rustic but very charming and natural. There is a pleasant brine-like note that emerges with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy texture, very transparent--you can almost see the bones in this Côte d'Auxerre with an austere, almost Loire-like finish. Enjoy this perhaps slightly chilled over the next 4-5 years." 88 points, Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com #226
Wines from Burgundy
A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.
Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.
The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production
When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.