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2015 Maranges 1er Cru “Clos des Loyères”

Jean-Claude Regnaudot et Fils

2015 Maranges <i>1er Cru</i> “Clos des Loyères” Jean-Claude Regnaudot et Fils - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Maranges is the southernmost village in the Côte de Beaune, and it benefits from full southern exposure. Historically, red wine from Maranges was known as a vin de médecin for bulking up weaker wines farther north. The Regnaudot family works old vines in the top crus on the steep, stony slopes of Dezize-les-Maranges, the most qualitative part of the appellation. Les Loyères is the softest and most approachable of their lineup of three Maranges premiers crus, so feel free to dig in immediately. –Dixon Brooke
$34.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Maranges
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Jean-Claude Regnaudot et Fils
Winemaker: Didier Regnaudot
Vineyard: Planted in 1930, 1947, 1955, 1962, 1987; 1.12 ha
Soil: Jurassic substrate, mainly black/grey marl
Aging: Ages in barrel (40% new oak, 60% 1 or 2 years old) for 11 - 12 months.
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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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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