Maranges: Domaine Bruno Colin Premier Cru 'La Fussière' 2018
To the south of Santenay lie the three villages of Maranges which take ‘Les Maranges’ as a suffix and make up this largely Pinot Noir appellation, the most southerly in the Côte de Beaune. Being lesser-known than more glamourous Pinot Noir appellations further north, means it tends to be a bit of a well-kept secret.
This Premier Cru red Burgundy has an elegant and delicacy to it with characterful red berry fruit, well-integrated tannins and flinty minerality. Absolutely delicious on its youthful berry and cherry fruit, it has the depth and structure to develop with 5-10 years bottle age, typically later showing notes of leafy forest floor and a touch of savoury umami.
From typically Burgundian clay-limestone and marl soils, this Pinot Noir hails from a parcel of vines planted in 1986 in Dezize-Les-Maranges named ‘La Fussière’. The origins of the name ‘Fussière’ is either ‘brown earth’ or a long strip of land stretching across the hillside; whichever takes your fancy!
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 5 t0 10 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Sustainable agriculture. Ploughing and earthing up to ensure good soil aeration. Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand-harvesting. Destemmed and macerated for a fortnight with minimal intervention. Aged in oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months and then for a further 3-6 month in tank.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Domaine Bruno Colin
Third-generation vigneron Bruno Colin grew up on the family domaine Michel Colin-Deleger on the Côte de Beaune. After training in viticulture at the prestigious school of Beaune, he began working with his parents and brother on the family vines in 1993. Ten years later the family split the domaine between cousins, and the eponymous Domaine Bruno Colin was born - with his first vintage in 2004. Now extending to almost nine hectares, Bruno has holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint- Aubin, Santenay and Dezize-les-Maranges in the Côte-Chalonaise. With vines across 22 appellations including eight Premiers Crus Whites in Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno strives to reflect each differing terroir in his wines. His distinctive style focuses on expressing freshness and minerality and the best examples show a superb balance of tension and texture.
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