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2020 Bourgogne Epineuil “Les Fauconniers”

Domaine Roland Lavantureux

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Since taking over management of the family estate from their father, brothers Arnaud and David Lavantureux have expanded the domaine's lineup to include a number of impressive single-vineyard, premier cru, and grand cru Chablis bottlings. Now we finally have the first red wine to come from the Lavantureux cellars, sourced from old Pinot Noir vines planted by Arnaud and David’s grandfather in the nearby Epineuil appellation.
     Epineuil shares the prized Kimmeridgian marl that makes up the soils of Chablis, and this rouge echoes the bright, mineral backbone that characterizes Lavantureux whites. What's more, the brothers have shown to have real touch with the Pinot grape, yielding a wine of striking finesse that shows off the crunchy red fruit, floral notes, and peppery spice typical of Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s far north.

Anthony Lynch

Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Bourgogne Epineuil
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Arnaud and David Lavantureux
Vineyard: Vines planted between 1969 and 1978, 3.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine aged one year, 75% in barrels, 25% in stainless steel
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region


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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