Fixin, Petits Crais, 2016

  Château de Marsannay

Contains Sulphites.

About Château de Marsannay

Since 2012 Château de Marsannay has been owned by the Halley family, at the same time they bought the Château de Meursault. They own 34 hectares of superbly situated vines, and as with Château de Meursault, have invested heavily in realising the estate’s huge potential. The Domaine is managed by Château de Meursault’s Stephane Follin-Arbelet, who is overseeing a quality revolution. The wines are made in the modern classic way, de-stalked, cold-soaked prior to fermentation and then aged in a mixture of new and used oak barriques for over a year. The 2012s, Stephane’s first vintage, are very refined, digest red Burgundies that have clear and transparent terroir characteristics.

Appellation: Fixin

A village just north of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits producing red wines. The wines of Fixin are similar in style to those of its neighbour - sturdy, muscular red burgundies with perhaps a bit more rusticity and less complexity, though having said that the best examples of Fixin can be infinitely superior to some of the lesser Gevreys. There are five premier cru vineyards: Les Arvelets and Les Hervelets, Clos de la Perrière, Clos Napoléon, and Clos du Chapître. There was a time, centuries ago, when Fixin's Clos de la Perrière was sold for the same price as Chambertin. Fixin has the potential to produce the best value red wines in Burgundy though a lack of good growers actually living in Fixin has meant this potential is not often realised. There is truth in the saying that the best Fixins are produced by growers based outside of the commune. Vosne's Meo-Camuzet and Gevrey's Denis Mortet are just two of many illustrious names making fine examples.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.