From the gravel soils of Beaune Tollot Beaut sources, this well regarded Premier Cru vineyard. Tollot Beaut Beaune Clos du Roi expresses itself as a deep, meaty, dark-fruited. The dark fruits continue onto the palate and Tollot Beaut Beaune Clos du Roi offers a softness and gritty tannins with a mineral core. Drink Tollot Beaut Beaune Clos du Roi over the next 10 years. I’d love to try this wine with pigeon.
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Everything about this fine Domaine Tollot Beaut is attractive – even the elaborately decorated concrete cuves. The Tollots and the Beauts have remained together for many generations and therefore have maintained excellent and valuable vineyard holdings. The younger generation – cousins Nathalie, Jean-Paul and Olivier direct the Domaine. They have made substantial changes in the past few years and quality has risen at this progressive and fine Domaine. Always a consistent source of delightful and serious Burgundy that represents very good value coupled with wonderfully stylish presentation.
Tollot Beaut Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru 2013 Wine Review
“This is also very ripe with liqueur-like aromas of red cherry and cassis that exhibit top notes of spice and exotic tea. There is excellent volume to the delicious, suave and very round medium weight flavors that possess very good mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a lush, even opulent finish that is sufficiently forward that this should drink well on the younger side.”
Historically an important trading town and one of the largest villages by vineyard area. Beaune has numerous Premier Cru sites but not one Grand Cru. For the most part, the wines are sturdy if a bit clumsy, in a soft and pretty style. There are some gems in the region though. Greves, and Bressandes are pretty impressive vineyards.
The classic part of Burgundy, known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold), is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region, and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé and sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion, and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannin and flavour. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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