Authentic Artisan Wines
Pinot Noir de Bourgogne
Three well-sited little plots that face the setting sun are behind this cuvée. The vines are pruned using the short, cordon method that gives little berries. This Burgundian variety was already to be found in our region at the beginning of the 20th century. Vines planted in the golden limestone terroir of the Pierres Dorées area, give grapes that are the expression this variety’s finesse. Refined and delicate, it goes very well with feathered game.
|FOOD PAIRING: POULTRY / PORK / VEAL:||Barbecued Grilled|
|Price Point:||2,001 and above|
|Style:||Juicy & Light|
|Estate:||Domaine des Terres Dorées|
|Appellation:||Bourgogne Pinot Noir|
|Blend/Grape Variety:||pinot noir|
|FOOD PAIRING: PIZZA & PASTA:||Tomato based|
Jean-Paul Brun started Terres Dorées in 1979 with a mere 4 hectares of vines in Charnay in the southern Beaujolais, an area which is slightly warmer and more limestone-driven versus the more renowned granite-rich cru villages in the northern Beaujolais. Today, the Charnay estate is around 30 acres, but with an additional 15 hectares farmed in the crus. The farming in Charnay is organic and includes working of the soils; the cru parcels are farmed sustainably and the soils are not worked. Harvest is by hand and of well-ripened but not over-ripened fruit, so alcohol levels are generally modest.
Annual Terres Dorées production is around 350,000 bottles, 85-90% of it from estate fruit with the rest of it sourced. From the beginning, Jean-Paul carved a different path for himself in Beaujolais. Not only does he not chaptalize (common practice here), he has also always eschewed the relatively modern technique of carbonic maceration, in favor of traditional Burgundian vinification. He believes the fruit is best expressed by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Brun’s view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to add sugar.
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