Domaine Jean-Claude Regnaudot “La Fussière” (Maranges, Premier Cru, 2014) ~$28
Didier Regnaudot’s very old Pinot Noir vines grow out of the steep hillsides in deep clay and fossilized limestone on the southernmost edge of the Côte de Beaune. One of the top producers in Maranges, Didier is the fourth generation to manage his family’s property in the town of Dézize-les-Maranges where he learned precision vineyard management and winemaking from his father, Jean-Claude.
The wine comes from a 2.5 acre plot from the premier cru vineyard of La Fussière from very old vines, the oldest planted in 1930. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks and the wine is aged in oak barrels (40% new) for one year before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of cherries, cocoa and cinnamon precede a mouthful of ripe fruit followed by a long and wiry finish. It’s a dark and structured red Burgundy and a lot of wine for the price.