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2022 Maranges 1er Cru “Les Clos Roussots”

Jean-Claude Regnaudot et Fils
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Picture the top reds of the Côte de Beaune, and you will doubtlessly envision crimson-hued pours of sensuously silky Volnay and chiseled, muscular Pommard. But with wines from such elite villages becoming harder to find and even harder to afford, the time has come for other appellations to deservedly step into the spotlight.
     Maranges, the southernmost appellation of the Côte de Beaune, was long overshadowed by its northerly neighbors despite its impressive terroir. Known for opaque reds with big tannins and significant aging potential, the village is not to be overlooked as a source of quality full-blooded Pinot Noir. Add meticulous vineyard management and old vines in top sites to the equation, and it is no surprise why Maranges is home to some of the best values in all of Burgundy.
     Didier Regnaudot is one of the appellation’s staunch traditionalists. He relies on his very old vines to produce richly concentrated fruit, opts for long macerations without adding cultured yeast, and eschews fining and filtration to protect the pulpous flesh that coats his wines’ chewy tannins. His top vineyard, Les Clos Roussots, is a mid-slope premier cru that yields a thick, dense Pinot Noir with the guts to age like the Maranges of old, but enough voluptuous fruit to provide pleasure in the near term. You may well visualize deep, dark splashes of sturdy Maranges upon contemplating Côte de Beaune reds after sipping this delightfully soulful nectar.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Maranges
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Jean-Claude Regnaudot
Winemaker: Didier Regnaudot
Vineyard: Planted in 1969, 1974, .52 ha
Soil: Jurassic substrate/graphite limestone
Aging: Wine ages in barrel (40% new oak, 60% 1 or 2 years old) for 11 - 12 months.
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

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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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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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