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Jean Claude Rateau Bourgogne Rouge 2014

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Fresh, light in colour, with wild fruit nose and flavour, like raspberry or strawberry. Fine fruit taste aided by underlying acid and lower alcohol (12%), would welcome duck or barbecued chicken. And of course give it a little while to open-out the fruit. - Michael L

Importer Note:

This AOC Bourgogne introduces us with no appologies into the world of Pinot Noir by Jean-Claude Rateau. Fruit, we quickly realise, is what inspires. Great, healthy old vines, treated with all the biodynamic respect of the best in his Domaine, but on a simple sandy terroir, results in a wine of almost chewable crisp red acidulated fruit. The nose smells of sour cherries and wild strawberries. The pallet is fresh, acidulated and long, with no make-up or heavy oak to mask the true star, fresh fruit. Too many Pinot Noirs fail to deliver this level of enjoyment because they try to do more than is necessary; let the fruit speak.

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Importer Note:

In the 1970s, Jean-Claude first started exploring biodynamic farming in his back garden, growing food. So when he decided to become a winegrower in 1979, taking over the family holdings, there was no question about it, everything began with biodynamic production. Jean-Claude has, therefore, the honour of being the very first wine grower in Burgundy to work under biodynamic principles. His part of the walled vineyard “Clos des Mariages” is the firs t and oldest biodynamic parcel of vines in all of the Cote d’Or.

The 2 ha of family vineyards have been completed with a further 6 ha under long-term rental. The domaine makes wines predominantly within AOC Beaune, with some Hautes Cotes and one parcel in Gevrey Chambertin. Jean-Claude also bottles a 100% Pinot Blanc (authorised in the AOC but rarely practiced) and blends small amounts of the Pinot cousins (Blanc/Beurot/Gris) into some reds and whites. The AOC Beaune and 1er Cru red wines of Jean-Claude are of stunning fruit purity, typical of this appellation, which marries perfectly the feminine and masculine qualities of great pinot noir.

Certified Organic/Biodynamic, Member of Renaissance des Apellations (“Return to Terroir”).

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesNatural Wine
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Red Pinot Noir
Sub-RegionCote dOr

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