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2014 Marsannay Rouge “Les Longeroies”

Domaine Régis Bouvier

2014 Marsannay Rouge “Les Longeroies” Domaine Régis Bouvier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Due to a historical fluke, Marsannay cannot claim any premier cru vineyards. If it could, this vineyard lying just below Clos du Roy would certainly be one of them. Sitting on the south side of Dijon, Marsannay shares the same slope and soil type that continues south through Fixin, Gevrey, and Morey Saint Denis. Many top growers own a parcel here for this very reason. This Marsannay is made from Bouvier’s oldest vines, right in his own backyard. It is the most elegant and pure Pinot Noir in his lineup, delivered with grand finesse. —Dixon Brooke
$34.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Marsannay
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Régis Bouvier
Winemaker: Régis Bouvier
Vineyard: 50 years, 1.82 ha
Soil: Calcareous Slopes
Aging: Aged in barrel for 12-16 months, 30% new oak
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.

Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232

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