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Rully, Rouge, Cuvée Marey, 2016

  Domaine de la Folie

An east facing 45 year-old plot within the Clos de la Belle Croix vineyard. Aged in both steel cuvee and wooden fût, one-fifth of which are new. Gorgeously open and engaging forest fruits, ripe juicy raspberries, strawberries and loganberries with notes of sous-bois. Fully flavoured but supple and delicate. Depth without density. A very accomplished and moreish Rully.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine de la Folie

An exciting Domaine reborn. Clémence and Baptiste Dubrulle took over at the Domaine in 2010, but the estate’s history goes back three hundred years. It was Clémence’s grandfather that really made the reputation of the Domaine as one of the greats in the Côte Chalonnaise in the sixties and seventies. The Domaine fell on hard times and had nearly gone to ruin until Clémence and Baptiste took over and set about restoring it to its former glory. What a turnaround. The Domaine, based in Chagny, stretches over 13 hectares of Rully, two-thirds of which is planted to Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir. Viticulture is sustainable, respecting both tradition and the environment, chemical herbicides are avoided and harvest is manual in small cases. The wines, which are from some of the region’s finest single vineyards, are aged in steel or with oak barrels up to a maximum of five years-old depending on the cuvée. It’s wonderful to see this Domaine fulfilling their potential and showing that of the Rully region for producing, classy, pure wines of huge character.

Appellation: Rully

Rully is a commune within the Côte Chalonnaise that is best know for its white wines, though some very good reds can be found too. There are 23 Premier Cru vineyards here. The Côte Chalonnaise lies to the south of the Côte d'Or and benefits from similar limestone clay soils. There are no Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte Chalonnaise. Rully whites are light - medium bodied, marked by fresh acidities, the reds are similarly light and refreshing, both can make for excellent value early-drinking Burgundy.

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.