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2021 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Bruno Colin
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Ostensibly, Bourgogne rouge is the foundational classification in Burgundy, carrying the least strict geographical requirements. Producers of wines labeled as such may source their grapes from all over the region to bottle a red that can be representative of Burgundy as a whole, rather than a specific village or parcel.
     By contrast, Bruno Colin crafts his Bourgogne rouge from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the neighboring villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, so while this bottling could theoretically represent a blend of Burgundy from top to bottom, the wine is very much of the southern Côte de Beaune. And you can taste the subregional qualities, with the extra earthiness and spiciness found in reds from Chassagne and Santenay. Nevertheless, despite its pedigree, this is not ponderous, but festive red Burgundy! It’s the wine Bruno and his team would open to celebrate the end of harvest. Enjoy with a mushroom risotto or Chris Lee’s duck breast recipe

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Bourgogne
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Bruno Colin
Winemaker: Bruno Colin
Vineyard: 32 years, .62 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Raised in barrel for 12 months before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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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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