From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
'Les Prielles' is made from a small plot planted in the 1980s on the plain below Fixin, just a stone's throw from Gevrey Chambertin. This is a generous expression of Burgundian Pinot with gorgeous notes of graphite, red cherry, and wild strawberry. The palate is crunchy and pure with lovely elegance, fresh acidity and silky tannins. 2020 red Burgundy from a great producer for just $38.85? What's not to love?
Amélie Berthaut lives by a motto carved into the stone of her family home (written there in 1693): Bien faire vax miev que dir, “doing right is better than talk.” She lets her wines do the talking, sharing Burgundy's unique terroir through hard work, determination and raw talent. Based in Fixin (where her family has worked since the 18th Century), she works with vines inherited from her mother and father's family domains. These are all worked with organic methods, managed by her fiancé Nicolas Faure who has previously worked with Prieuré-Roch, DRC, and Chave. Without a doubt, Amélie is quietly making some of the best-value Pinot Noirs in Burgundy.
At a Glance
Size: 1 ha (2.5 ac)
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: Planted in 1980
Terroir: Northeastern Fixin, flatter land, deep limestone and marl soil
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation, mostly pump-overs with some punch-downs in concrete tanks for 15-20 days. Aged for 18 months in barrel (no new oak).
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