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Louis Chevallier Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    A Pinot Noir with a well-defined nose of brambly red berry fruit. The palate is slightly rustic and light-bodied, but fresh with tart cherry fruit and hints of brown spices with orange peel toward the pointed, firm finish.

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    Louis Chevallier

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    Louis Chevallier, Burgundy, France
    At Louis Chevallier, terroir reigns supreme. With vineyards situated on Premier Cru and Grand Cru parcels as well as Village and Beauujolais Cru plots, the terroir of Louis Chevallier is some of the most envied in all of Burgundy and, even in the world. Named after its founder, the great diplomat and former mayor of Puligny Louis Chevallier, who was recognized in particular for his participation in the sale of Louisiana to the United States, the Maison was created by the Chevallier family over 200 years ago. Today the estate continues to produce fine wines from both their own vineyards and grapes purchased from a network of growers in the region.

    The wine maker, Bruno Larmonica, is as much a product of the Burgundian terroir as the superior fruit with which he works. Bruno was born in the beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges, a small and harmonious capital of the vineyard that used to belong to the Langres archdiocese. As a child, Bruno particularly loved the surrounding hills of the village that offered the greatest view of the juicy plants. Soon he started to dedicate his summers to the culture of vines and his falls to the harvest season.

    At the age of 16, Bruno realized that his hometown of Nuits-Saint-Georges was his comfort zone and that would spend his whole life in this lovely village. He already knew at that time that every single thing he will undertake will be linked to Pinot Noir. He became apprentice vintner in the Chauvenet estate where vintage after vintage he learned how to get the best expression of the terrior. Bruno finally understood that the most suitable place for him was the cellar as we wanted to be away from the world’s hustle and bustle staying with his barrels making wine. Her perfected the wine making techniques using the right balance of oak casks made with oak trees from the Cîteaux forest but also selecting various sourcing from other French regions.

    Infatuated with his hometown, he know by heart every parcel of this legendary vineyard that saw him becoming the incredible winemaker.

    Burgundy

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    A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. After centuries of winemaking, the Burgundians have determined precisely which grape clone grows best on which plot of land. While the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here—soil type, elevation and angle of each slope—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one or two rows of vines. This system has led to the predominance of the "negociant"—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

    Burgundy’s cool, marginal climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory, and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. In some years spring frost and hail must be overcome.

    The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red, white, and rosé are all produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. The Mâconnais produces soft and round, value-driven Chardonnay while Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy, is a paradise for any lover of bright, acid-driven and often age-worthy versions of the grape.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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