Lucien Muzard Bourgogne Rouge
Min. Quantity: 3
Bourgogne Rouge is an wonderful entry point into one of the world's most historical and influential wine regions, Bourgogne (Burgundy). Bourgogne Rouge is also known for being a fresh, light and lively 'take' on Pinot Noir. Made from grapes that were grown in Maranges and Santenay, the Lucien Muzard Bourgogne Rouge is bursting with aromas of blueberry, strawberry and blackberry. The wine is also showing flavours of chocolate and black plum that are well supported by silky tannins and fresh acidity. This wine represents incredible value and it is delicious with triple cream brie, charcuterie or crispy duck pancakes.
The wine was made from parcels in Maranges and in Santenay, plus a one hectare parcel in the Hautes Côtes. Raised 30% in tank and 70% in barrel (15% new). Lovely volume of red fruit with a hint of slatey minerality.
Nine generations of Muzards precede Claude and Hervé, who today control Domaine Lucien Muzard across 16 ha of vineyards in Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and Pommard. The family can trace its roots back to 1645, but it was not until the two sons, Claude and Herve took over the domaine from Lucien in 1995 that it began bottling at the estate rather than selling to négociants. Today 85% of the production is red wine but the white wines are gaining in stature with several key premier cru parcels in Santenay being replanted with Chardonnay. Santenay borders Chassagne Montrachet to the north adjoining notable premier cru’s such as Morgeots, Les Embazees and Les Baudines. Clearly there is potential for white wines with much limestone apparent in a complex series of fractured geological faults where the Cote d Ór ends and turns the corner towards Maranges signaling the end of the Cote d Ór slope. Santenay contains a great variety of soil differences and vineyard expositions, the potential of which deserves discovery. Reducing vine yields and adoption of some modern wine-making techniques has resulted in spotlessly pure, great value Burgundy. They started using small bins for harvesting, a vibrating sorting table and conveyor belts rather than pumps to keep crushing to an absolute minimum as well as acquiring a new temperature controlled fermentation facility with new wooden vats and a new precision controlled press. In 2005 they began managing the vineyard organically and ultimately gained certification for biodynamic farming in 2011. Following the incessant rains of spring 2012 however they relinquished this certification and today follow a lutte raisonée, or sustainable farming path. They continue to plough their rows and shun any use of herbicides or pesticides, let alone chemical fertilizers. In the winery these days, more whole bunches are included, typically about a third, while there are no additions of yeast or enzymes. In tandem with the move to more whole-bunch, the extraction regime has moved away from punch-downs towards a gentler remontage (pump-over) approach, while elevage is moving towards both larger oak and a subtler new-oak influence. Indeed for the first time in vintage 2015, two large foudres were included in the elevage of the Maladière. The reds are bottled unfined and with only a coarse filtration as required.
About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is one of the world's most loved, light bodied red wines. Pinot Noir can be made into a variety wine styles, from light and fruity styles featuring cherry and strawberry notes to more complex, gamey and earthy styles. Pinot Noir is usually higher in acid and lower in tannin, making it an ideal pairing for lighter, fattier foods duck, cheese and lamb. Often, the region defines the style. Along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the main grape variety in Burgundy, where the cooler climate produces highly prized wines, loved throughout history of drinking wine! Germany is also known for high quality Pinot Noir, produced in the cooler regions of Pfalz and Baden. As well as France and Germany, the 'new world' wine countries such as the USA, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand also produce high quality Pinot Noir. The list of top Pinot Noir regions in the world includes; Sonoma County, Carneros, Santa Barbara County and Oregon (USA), Casablanca (Chile), Walker Bay (South Africa), Marlborough and Central Otago (New Zealand). Australia also has pockets of high quality Pinot Noir in multiple regions but some of the best Pinot Noir wines are made in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, The Mornington Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills.
Located near the French city of Dijon, in central-eastern France, Burgundy is seen as the international benchmark for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir winemaking around the world. The Burgundy region covers a large area that includes Chablis and over 100 other appellations (regions, villages and vineyards). The five key areas in Burgundy are; Chablis, Cotes de Nuits, Cotes de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais. Within Chablis, the vineyards that produce the wines of Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru tend to be located on the sides of the valley that have a south facing aspect, ideal for developing more concentrated fruit aromas and flavours. Some of the best Pinot Noir wines are produced in the Cote de Nuits while the Cote de Beaune is more well known for producing exceptional Chardonnay. The appellation system highlights these differences across all of the appellations in Burgundy. For example, almost all of the red grand cru wines (such as Romanee-Conti) are produced in the Cotes de Nuits while all of the white grand cru wines are produced in the Cotes de Beaune (such as Montrachet).
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Light Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Organic / Vegan: Vegan
Non Alcoholic: No
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