PhilosophyAn up-and-coming village. Located in the northernmost part of the Côte de Nuits, not as well known as its neighbours further to the south, Marsannay is the village that is definitely on the rise. Some big name growers - in particular a few renowned ones from Gevrey-Chambertin - have vines there that thrive in its highly diverse terroirs. Marsannay represents excellent value for the money for the Côte de Nuits and several of its climats are candidates for Premier Cru ranking, which confirms the entire appellation’s potential for quality.
TerroirSouth of the village, on the border between Couchey and Marsannay, at mid-slope at an altitude of 300 m on calcareous clay soil, the En Combereau plot is ideally located for the production of wines that ally elegance and depth.
Vinification and ageingThe entire harvest was destemmed but not crushed so as to preserve all of the freshness and fruit that are characteristic of this appellation. Vinification lasted 15 days, after which the wines were transferred to one and two-year-old barrels that had previously been used to age Hospices de Beaune wines. Ageing on fine lees lasted 14 months before the wine was bottled.
Tasting notesBeautiful deep red in colour. The nose is fresh and expressive, featuring aromas of sour cherries, sugared red and blackcurrants, and red berry coulis followed by scents of both fresh and sugar coated almonds. Lovely, velvety start to the palate that is elegant and pure Notes of angelica and spices (turmeric) are complemented by a slightly smoky touch of light tobacco. Lovely acidity combined with wild fruit aromas (wild strawberry, wild rose) and freshly chopped mint reinforce the impression of freshness. Pleasing, elegant tannins for a wine with character that is typical of a Côte de Nuits. It will require a little time in the cellar before reaching its full potential.