This wine has the aroma and texture of much more expensive red Burgundies with rich cherry, tart damson and subtle spice. Lovely with duck, venison or hard cheese like Comté.
Indigenous to northern France, but now grown all over the world in cooler zones, Pinot Noir is one of the greatest red varieties producing wines with a wonderfully aromatic nose and silky texture. Thins skins give Pinots a lightish colour, but levels of tannins are nonetheless high. Typically wines have medium acidity, medium body with red cherry and berry aromas in youth and develop more funky farmyard notes with age.
Founded by Henri Jacqueson in 1947, succeeded by his son Paul in 1972 and joined by Paul’s daughter Marie in 2006, and more recently by his son Pierre, this domaine has long been recognised as one of the very best in the Côte Chalonnaise and its wines adorn the lists of many of the finest restaurants in France. They have 13 hectares of wonderfully sited vines, many of which are very old, and prune hard to reduce yields to around 35 hl/ha. They only work the vineyards manually, with very minimal vine treatments. They are one of very few producers in the village (together with Dureuil-Janthial) to hand-pick everything. Extremely proficient winemaking and judicious use of new oak (20% for whites and 25% for reds) make for beautifully crafted, ripe, intense, sensual wines which have the class to belie their origins.
Rully in the north of the Côte Chalonnaise region produces both red and white wines but is better known for the latter. The appellation is also famous as an excellent source of Crémant de Bourgogne. The oak-aged Chardonnays are the pick of the appellation. The reds from Pinot Noir are supple and perfumed with juicy fruit. The whites tend to be more complex with notes of apple, lemon and butter. All in all a great source of affordable red and white burgundy.
With good acidity and medium weight Pinot Noir is a very food friendly style that works well with red meats and hard cheese. With a bit of age the wines are excellent with game birds, venison, wild mushrooms and truffles.