Ladoix: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2019
Based in and around the village of Ladoix-Serrigny in the Côte de Beaune just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges, much of the vineyards are the continuation of the slopes of the hill of Corton. The wines tend to be excellent value and are fruit-driven, making them approachable when young. Pascal Gay’s Ladoix is 100% Pinot Noir from the excellent 2019 vintage and has a wealthy of dark berry and cherry fruit, fine tannins and refreshing acidity.
Ladoix tends to fly under the radar in appellation terms as parts of the village can use the more well-known Aloxe-Corton, Corton-Charlemagne and Le Corton AOCs or even the 'Côte de Beaune Villages' moniker. Effectively on the border between the Côtes de Nuits and Beaune, these formerly less well-exposed slopes are proving their worth in a succession of warmer vintages, permitting slow and steady ripening – ideal for Pinot Noir.
Black cherry and blackberry fruit dominate the palate with sufficient acidity and length to work extremely well with poultry, small game or wild mushrooms.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 3 to 7+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested grapes are vinified and then matured in oak barrels for 18 months prior to a light filtration and bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Domaine François Gay & Fils
Domaine François Gay consists of seven hectares of vines around the village of Chorey-Lès-Beaune. Just 3,400 cases are produced each year, mostly sold to French restaurants and local customers, which means there is only a small amount available for export. Following his recent retirement, the domaine is now run by François' son Pascal, although François still assists in the winemaking process.
The wines produced by Domaine François Gay et Fils are expressive of the terroir, powerful and fruit-forward, yet with detail and complexity, and which improve with age - it is their intention to produce 'pleasure wines.'
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