Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
From: Auxey-Duresses, Burgundy, France
Taste: Juicy fruit! Beautiful red fruits jump from the glass before a deeper, darker core accented by baking spice starts to exert itself and grows quite nicely on the mid-palate. There’s a little fat and good structure. Though youthful, this wine shows both an ebullience in the glass now; plus, the promise of more depth and dimension as it ages.
Pairing: In general, Auxey-Duresses red wines incorporate velvety and well-moderated tannins making its wines an ideal partner for more delicate flavors or white meats. In addition, its supple attack and its notes of red and black fruits give it a wide range for other possible pairing options. You could pair this wine with cold cuts, roasts of pork or veal, kebabs, rabbit, pasta dishes with herbs, and chicken risottos and be charmed by the results. For today, we’re sharing a vegetarian pairing for Risotto with Morels, by Florence Fabricant. It was featured in: FOOD; It’s the Season for Fresh Morels, but Sometimes Dried is Best.
Brothers François and Sylvain Latour carry on the seventh-generation family tradition of this 15-hectare estate with vineyards located in Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, and Meursault.
Auxey-Duresses (pronounced “Aussey”) is an appellation located in the valley of the Ruisseau des Cloux river, which runs from the Côte de Beaune into the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, following the road that leads from Beaune to Autun amongst hump-backed hillsides. Together with its hamlets of Petit-Auxey and Mélian, Auxey-Duresses has both Celtic and Gallo-Roman wine-growing origins. It was formerly an outlying property of the abbey of Cluny, producing both grains and grapes. The corn-mills have now gone but there are still wine presses. Auxey-Duresses was granted its AOC status in 1937.
Henri Latour has vineyards in both the La Chapelle climat and the premier cru vineyard area of Les Grands Champs within the appellation. Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard before making its way to a second round of sorting via sorting table to ensure only the best quality. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.
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