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J Claude Rateau Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2017

J Claude Rateau Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2017

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In the 1970s, Jean-Claude first started exploring biodynamic farming in his back garden, growing food. So when he decided to become a winegrower in 1979, taking over the family holdings, there was no question about it, everything began with biodynamic production. Jean-Claude has, therefore, the honour of being the very first wine grower in Burgundy to work under biodynamic principles. His part of the walled vineyard “Clos des Mariages” is the first and therefore oldest biodynamic parcel of vines in all of the Cote d’Or.

The 2 ha of family vineyards have been completed with a further 6 ha under long-term rental. The domaine makes wines predominantly within AOC Beaune, with some Hautes Cotes and one parcel in Gevrey Chambertin. Jean-Claude also bottles a 100% Pinot Blanc (authorised in the AOC but rarely practiced) and blends small amounts of the Pinot cousins (Blanc/Gris) into some reds and whites. The AOC Beaune and 1er Cru red wines of Jean-Claude are of stunning fruit purity, which marry perfectly the feminine and masculine qualities of great pinot noir.

The Hautes Cotes de Beaune wines of Jean-Claude are exceptional value. Bigger industrial producers don’t take the time Jean-Claude has to understand this land. It is his tireless work in the vineyards up here, that allow him to make some stunning, fruit pure wines of great elegance from otherwise “lesser” pedigree vineyards.

 

Aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and hints of rose, spice and violet. A light palate style with bright cherry and red currant supported with fresh citric acidity and minerality.

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SKU:
10956
Group:
wine
Country:
France
Size:
750
Region:
Burgundy
Style:
Pinot Noir
Grade:
Natural
Type:
Red
Vintage:
2016
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Yes