Bourgogne Pinot Noir `Les Ursulines`

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...

viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

The fruit for this wine comes from old vines, all from the Côte de Nuits, which ensures that the quality of the blend is far higher than that of a standard Bourgogne. The vineyard management here is stringent and uses specific techniques to control yields, guaranteeing good concentration of flavours in the grapes. These techniques include debudding, cluster thinning, little or no use of fertiliser and environmentally-friendly vine protection.

Vintage Information

Low yields and warm weather allowed for ample ripeness, small berries and an early harvest. Quality is looking extremely fine, with some people whispering comparisons with the outstanding 2005 vintage. Acid levels in individual wines may be crucial.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested using small 20kg crates. Sorting took place in the vineyards and then again on the sorting table upon arrival to the winery. Grapes were 100% destalked but not crushed and put into vats using gravity. Total maceration lasted for 23 days including one week cold maceration at 12°C to develop aroma and good colour, with pigeages (punching down of the cap) when necessary. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for 14 months on the lees without racking off, in French oak barrels (10% new oak). The wine was lightly filtered but unfined and bottled using gravity.

Tasting Notes

Fresh raspberries on the nose with notes of black pepper. The freshness continues on the palate with more red fruits and a lovely roundness.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%