Early in his winemaking career Emmanuel Rouget was lucky enough to have been taken under the wing of his uncle, Burgundy legend Henri Jayer. Now Emmanuel’s wines are almost as sought after as those of his universally lauded uncle. The emphasis is placed on the vineyard, where much preparation and leg-work is done during the growing season to ensure that healthy, thick-skinned Pinot Noir can be harvested in September. In the cellar, a minimal intervention policy is in place, which sees the wines rest peacefully in oak barriques for a year and a half before bottling without filtration.
Grand cru of the Flagey-Échezeaux village in the Côte de Nuits, producing red wines. Premier Cru vineyards in the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux are sold under the name of neighbour Vosne-Romanée, however the majority of the village's vineyard area is divided between two Grands Crus Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux. The former is the larger of the two, comprising 37.6 ha accross 11 lieux dits or single named plots, so rather like Clos de Vougeot quality and style can vary according to the producer (of which there are 80) and depending on where the vines are. The soils range from poor and stony to heavy and clay-dominated. The wines can be very good and at their best display true Grands Crus power, stylistically they are often very ripe rich examples of Burgundy that age well. The appellation no doubt owes alot to the late Henri Jayer whose outstanding bottlings showed the heights Échezeaux can reach. The Jayer vines are now mainpulated by Henri's nephew, Emmanuel Rouget.
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