François Raquillet, the 11th generation of grape growers in Mercurey, has 10 hectares of superbly sited, mostly old, vines. He believes in low yields, mature (rather than super-ripe) fruit and a severe selection at the sorting table. The depth, richness and concentration which characterise his wines are a result of this, rather than any over extraction.
The Bourgogne Rouge is from 3 parcels of 60 year old vines aged in old (1-3 year) wood – delicious, juicy and seductive.
This small, 4 hectare, domaine has, since 2003, been run by the ambitious and young Alexandrine Roy, the fourth generation to assume the reins at the family domaine “Marc Roy”.
Her attentive approach to the vineyard work includes aeration of the vines through a careful thinning of leaf cover as the growing season progresses, and reduction of yields through green harvesting. Consequently, she produces fruit which is uniformly ripe from vineyards which are clean and vines which are incredibly healthy. Only the best grapes make it to the winery, any suspect fruit gets left on the vineyard floor.
All the fruit here is 100% destemmed, with daily pigeage (punching down the cap) during the relatively brief fermentation in stainless steel, and a delicate application of new oak during the also brief elevage of only 12 months. The results speak for themselves – soft, silky, supple and always very pure with the emphasis on elegance and balance rather than power.
Alexandrine’s Bourgogne Rouge is from 50-60 year old vines from the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. A wonderfully approachable red Burgundy with the emphasis on fruit and finesse. Red fruits (cherry and raspberry) are to the fore supported by gentle tannins and fine, balancing acidity.
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