2017 St Aubin Rouge, Les Rouges-Gorges, 1er Cru, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

2017 St Aubin Rouge, Les Rouges-Gorges, 1er Cru, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

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2017 St Aubin Rouge, Les Rouges-Gorges, 1er Cru, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

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St Aubin might today be better known for its white wines, but the appellation was planted primarily to Pinot Noir until quite recently. It produces pleasing, light-bodied expressions of red Burgundy with refreshing, chalky tannins. This example comes from from one of the first estates to domaine-bottle their wines here. It’s a blend of two Premiers Crus, Les Combes and Sur le Sentier du Clou; it offers generous, rounded red-berry fruit to accompany the natural energy and crunch of St Aubin. There’s some subtle sweet spice and smoke on the nose, ripe strawberry fruit, supple and friendly tannins and a chalky finish. This is a versatile red Burgundy to be enjoyed at the table.

Drink now to 2025

Adam Bruntlett, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Oct 2020)

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Domaine Henri Prudhon

Domaine Henri Prudhon

Brothers Vincent and Philippe are gently modernising this Saint Aubin domaine, which was founded in 1921. They follow in the footsteps of their father, Gérard, who inherited the estate from his father Henri.

The brothers have vineyard holdings in Saint-Aubin, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet, which total 14.5 hectares.

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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.

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