1998 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Domaine Louis Remy,

1998 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Domaine Louis Remy,

Red, Ready, but will keep   Red | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Louis Remy | Code: 10459 | 1998 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Nuits > Morey-Saint-Denis | Pinot Noir | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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The Story

Domaine Louis Remy

Producer

Domaine Louis Remy

Domaine Louis Rémy has been managed by Chantal Rémy since 1988. The 3.5 hectare domaine can trace its antecedents back all the way to 1821.

Chantal has continued the tradition of making gentle, not overtly powerful wines which nonetheless repay keeping, as well as holding back a proportion of the harvest so that the domaine can offer older vintages for sale.

Unfortunately a family split has led to certain vineyards such as Chambolle-Musigny premier cru Derrière La Grange along with village Chambolle-Musigny Fremières and Morey-St-Denis Aux Cheseaux going elsewhere from 2009.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

Region

Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey is sometimes ignored between its two famous neighbours, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, but its wines are of equal class, combining elegance and structure. Morey-St Denis, being that little bit less famous, can often provide excellent value.

The four main Grand Cru vineyards continue in a line from those of Gevrey-Chambertin, with Clos St Denis and Clos de la Roche the most widely available. Clos des Lambrays (almost) and Clos de Tart (entirely) are monopolies of the domains which bear the same names.

Domaine Dujac and Domaine Ponsot also make rare white wines in Morey-St Denis.

  • 64 hectares of village Morey-St Denis
  • 33 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les Charmes, Les Millandes, Clos de la Bussière, Les Monts Luisants
  • 40 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard. Clos de Tart, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and a tiny part of Bonnes Mares
  • Recommended Producers: Dujac, Ponsot, Clos de Tart, Domaine des Lambrays

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