PhilosophyAnd what if the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits were the future of Burgundy... A few kilometres to the west of the Grand Crus of the Côte de Nuits, with similar soil profiles, the vineyards of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits flourish… This is the seat of the Delaunay family who settled in the Château de Charmont in l’Etang-Vergy in 1954. Here, the higher (+100 to 150 metres) altitudes of the vines could be a solution to climate change worth exploring with an offer of fresh, pure, elegant wines. Faithful to our history, we want to contribute to showcasing these terroirs of the future that further valorise our beautiful region - now famed for its UNESCO-recognized “climats” - just as the monks of the Citeaux Abbey did in the Middle Ages. The remarkable “Les Rouards” terroir is our first selection parcellaire wine in the Hautes-Côtes. Our ambition is to identify and vinify separately, year after year, a few of the outstanding Hautes-Côtes climats in order to showcase the unique qualities of these plots which, over time, could very well produce Burgundy’s future grand wines.
Vinfication and ageingThe grapes are pressed immediately and the must begins the fermentation process in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to barrels (21% new oak) where it undergoes slow vinification. The wine is aged on fine lees for 8 months, with frequent stirring.
Tasting notesGorgeous pale yellow in colour. The nose is very expressive, complex and elegant, with subtle floral notes (pollen), scents of baked goods (meringue, marzipan, candied melon, bergamot…) which are complemented by nuances of fresh hazelnut and candied chestnut due to delicate barrel ageing. The palate is round and boasts pleasing freshness along with a hint of sucrosity. The wine finishes with fine, subtle flavours of lemon tart.