|Grape/Varietal : Pinot Noir||Color : Red|
|Origin : Burgundy||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : France||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2015||Natural Factor: Organic, No Sulphur|
Claire Naudin, one of Henri Naudin-Ferrand’s three daughters, has been in charge of this small domaine based in the Hautes Côtes at Magny-les-Villers, a village that sits astride the dividing line between Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, since 1994. Claire has been practicing Biodynamics and is a strong believer of minimal intervention.
Claire is relatively susceptible to sulphur and uses the product as little as possible. Though some of the wines are made in an ‘orthodox fashion, the most exciting wines are those which are vinified with whole bunches (all the stems) and without sulphur, though some SO2 is added at bottling to ensure that the wines remain stable thereafter.
Claire’s theory, which her wines bear out admirably, is that there is none of the harshness sometimes evident when the bunches are vinified with their stems if sulphur is not used. Instead a magical floral perfume emanates from the wine. Truly magical.
Viola Odorata, a parcel of about 1.19 ha that could only make roughly 2,600 bottles in 2015 is one of the wines to pay attention to. The vineyard is situated in Hautes Côtes de Nuits and is planted with very old vines which are between 70 to 85 years old, distinctly giving an elegant and voluptuous expression of fruitiness that is already very enjoyable in young age. Probably harder to source than big names such as DRC and Leroy.
Pairs Well With:
Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
Kendrick Lamar - Humble