A flinty nose, distinctly more mineral than the regular Chorey. There is a very nice strict edge, without being too astringent, to add to that ripe, generous Chorey fruit. Notes of red and black berries, stone and earth. Tight packed, structured and complex. A fine Chorey single parcel; a monopole of the Tollot Beaut estate that is influenced by the Pernand valley.
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.
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.