About this WINE
Domaine Henri Rebourseau
A considerable 5.28 hectares are in Grand Cru vineyards, including holdings in Chambertin, Clos-de-Bèze, and Clos de Vougeot. Brothers Benigne and Louis de Surrel represent the seventh generation of their family here; their great-great-grandfather was Henri Rebourseau.
The estate has been farmed organically since 2006, and biodynamically since 2008. It is now part of the SCDM Domaines group, along with other leading French properties including Château Montrose in Bordeaux and Clos Rougeard in the Loire Valley.
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.