Chorey Lès Beaune, La Piece du Chapitre, 2014

  Tollot Beaut

More depth and intensity than the regular Chorey, bursting with red fruit flavours of strawberry and redcurrant. There is a beautifully integrated tannic structure here holding this together. Such a drinkable and impeccably balanced wine. A fine Chorey single parcel, a monopole of the Tollot Beaut estate that is influenced by the Pernand valley.

Contains Sulphites.

About Tollot Beaut

Tollot-Beaut were among the group of pioneering Burgundians who started producing and bottling their own wines in the early part of the 20th Century. As rich in tradition as this Domaine is, under Nathalie Tollot, no-one rests on their laurels and a premium is placed on quality. Money is spent on new oak every year to ensure a good stock of healthy barrels which provide the perfect resting place for their magnificent wines. However, it is the vineyard where most of the investment goes on. They employ twice as many people per hectare than any of their neighbours to restrict the vigour of the vines and therefore increase the chances of ripe concentrated grapes being produced every year. The wines remain respectful to their origins while sharing characteristic spicy, toasty and cherry fruit flavours.

Appellation: Chorey-Les-Beaune

A village just north of Beaune in Burgundy producing mainly red wine. There are no premier cru vineyards. Aswell as Chorey-lès-Beaune the wines can also be sold as Côte de Beaune-Villages. Like Beaune, this is a relatively early-ripening area for Pinot Noir. The wines, whilst never competing with the greatest in Burgundy, can be very good, particularly from the region's leading lights, Tollot-Beaut. Full, very fruity, round and ripe, the wines of Chorey-lès-Beaune are expressive, easily approachable and make for a very good introduction to red 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.