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2018 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

Domaine Follin-Arbelet
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The perfume is divine, the tannins are silky, and the length is remarkable. It is very pretty now, but this is one of the rare, exalted rouges I would recommend keeping your hands off if you can for at least five or ten years. With some age, it will develop into one of the most gorgeous Pinot Noirs to ever grace your glass.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Romanée-Saint-Vivant
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Follin-Arbelet
Winemaker: Franck Follin
Vineyard: planted in 1973, .5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of 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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Sampler Includes:

2022 Vin de France Blanc Melon de Bourgogne  $32
Possibly the best rendition of Melon de Bourgogne in Burgundy, this is crisp, lively, and refreshing—a perfect match for oysters or lightly prepared seafood.

2021 Bourgogne Blanc  $45

The fruit in this blanc comes from the northern Mâconnais, which explains its textbook orchard fruit and crystalline finish. To relate to this wine, Valentin suggests you grab a barstool, a whole saucisson, and a hunk of chèvre, and post yourself at the zinc countertop of a classic French bistro for a tête-à-tête.

2020 Vézelay Blanc “La Châtelaine”  $38
La Châtelaine highlights what may be the best terroir of Vézelay and why this little appellation is on the map in the first place. With a style that hews more closely to Chablis than to Côte d’Or, La Châtelaine shows off a mouth-coating, deep, zesty, and mineral side.

2022 Bourgogne Rouge “L’Ermitage”  $42
Blending Pinot Noir with a little of the local red grape César results in a rouge unlike any other in Burgundy today. The César adds an element of dense, dark fruit and tannic structure, while the fresh, bright, and lively Pinot Noir provides fluidity and high-toned aromatics.

2022 Juliénas  $35

Sourced from an organically farmed vineyard on granite soil, this is textbook cru Beaujolais: very aromatic with loads of fresh Gamay fruit, it flows over the palate with a buoyancy that simply makes it hard to resist.

2022 Bourgogne Rouge “Champs Cadet”  $42
A gorgeous, exuberant, and versatile red Burgundy, evoking red berries, a hint of black tea, and spices.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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