From: Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: ‘Etelois’ has some of the grander neighbors in Gevrey-Chambertin; this parcel borders Grand Cru Chapelle-Chambertin and Premier Cru ‘Petite Chapelle.’ It has older vines planted in the early 1960s and soils of mostly decomposed limestone that couldn’t be better if they tried: this is one heady, handsome, and long-hauler Gevrey.
For this cuvée, grapes were hand-harvested and partially destemmed (80%). Fermentation took place in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and then the wine was racked to 30% new 228L tonneaux, where it aged for 13 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
About. This hard-working, generations-deep Burgundian family—particularly among the rarified air of Vosne-Romanée—are hands-in-the-soil growers, first and foremost. Caring for their few acres according to organic principles, Fabrice and Christine Vigot craft Burgundy wines that are earthy and soulful and utterly transparent to their underlying terroir. For decades this family tended the vineyards of the Mugneret-Gibourg estate (under a crop-sharing contract). Their humble demeanor and low profile belie their outsized talent; it is past time that their wines received the attention they’ve for so long deserved.
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