Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, 2016

  Robert Groffier

A Bourgogne of quite some substance. All of the pure, lively crisp fruit character (mainly red berry) you expect from good examples with a density over and above the average Bourgogne. Briminng with raspberry and tayberry fruit with notes of herb. Racy and lively with excellent precison of flavour. Superb. Two-thirds of this comes from the Vougeot commune and one-third Morey St.-Denis.

Contains Sulphites.

About Robert Groffier

We are excited and priviledged to be offering the Domaine Robert Groffier wines for the first time. Young Nicolas Groffier, grandson of Robert, has at his disposal some of the Côte’s finest holdings, including a large swathe of Amoureuses. Nicolas joined his father Serge in 2006 and over the last decade has been fine-tuning the style of the wines whilst remaining loyally faithful to tradition and family know-how. Whole bunch fermentations have gradually increased and new oak percentages decreased. Rarely using more between 15% to 25% for his Crus except the Clos de Bèze, which is a small cuvée and is aged in new barrels only. Employing whole bunch fermentation can be tricky to get right, in lesser examples wines can show evident rusticity, but such is Nicolas’ rigour, precison and know-how that his wines show nothing but purity and vibrancy. Ageing is rarely more than 12 months in oak with finishing and natural clarification in tank, a process designed to avoid fining and filtration but minimise oak impact. 2016 was a successful vintage for Groffier, both in terms of quantity and quality. Picking started on the 27th when berries and bunches were both fully ripe. As for the healthy-sized crop, Nicolas puts this down to his late-pruning and old Cordon de Royat-trained vines, meaning that budding was later, missing the 26th April frost by a week. Nicolas himself considers 2016 a very classic balanced vintage “that reminds me of 2013, with a touch of the generosity of 2014.” A brilliant array of intense, refined, energy-filled

Appellation: Bourgogne

Bourgogne or Burgundy is a wide-ranging generic appellation in eastern France that has been planted with the vine at least since Roman times, the earliest archaeological evidence coming from 2nd Century A.D. The region, now spanning up to 28,000 hectares, owes a lot to the work of Cistercian Monks in the 11th and 12th Centuries, particularly in the Côte d'Or, who were responsible for identifying some of the finest vineyard plots still in existence today. The appellation is large, stretching between the cities of Auxerre in the North and Lyon in the south and includes Chablis, the Côte d'Or (from where hail some of the world's finest examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), the Chalonnais, Maconnais and Beaujolais. Chardonnay is the main white grape planted, though there is still a fair amount of Aligote to be found if an ever decreasing amount, as well as tiny proportions of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beurrot. For quality reds Pinot Noir is the dominant grape and the only permitted variety for the "Bourgogne Rouge" appellation controlee, there are plantings of Gamay too, though, which can be blended with a minimum one third Pinot Noir to make "Bourgogne Passetoutgrain." There is also the rarely seen Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire, which may include the Pinot Noir, Gamay, César, and Tressot varieties. This appellation also exists for whites, allowing a blend of Chardonnay, Aligoté and Melon de Bourgogne. Being such a big area style can vary enormously: From the steely, minerally white Bourgognes near Chablis to the rounder, more buttery offerings in the Maconnais. Very fine and extremely good value examples of red and white Bourgognes are made by many of the high quality estates in the Côte d'Or, the designated "Bourgogne" vineyards here being on the flatter less well-drained terrain the other side of the RN74 road to the villages and 1er Cru appellations. Some Bourgogne Rosé can also made be made but this is a tiny fraction of the red and white wine production.

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.