Beaune Premier Cru "Clos du Roi"
A great Burgundy red wine from the Beaune commune. The grape variety used is Pinot Noir. The vines were re-planted after the great freeze of 1985.
Red wines vinification : We aim to obtain fruity wines, rich in blended tannins, which is the mark of well ripened grapes. We bring in the grapes in small crates for careful sorting in the winery; a conveyor belt is used for filling the tanks in order to respect the grapes. The fermentation lasts 15 days with pigeages, punching down of the cap, allowing the wine to soak up the richness and the colour from the grape-skins before pressing. Ageing takes place in barrels of which 20 % are new. Racking by the means of a bellow eliminates the need for a pump. All these precautions limit handling of the grapes and the wine as much as possible, thus preserving all the richness.
Located north of Beaune, this "climat"* is characterized by a stony, sandy and very filtering soil. These beautiful grapes, always very precocious and well ripened, provide a fruity and incomparable wine accompanied by very soft tannins. The wine is fine, tender and dense all at the same time, with very expressive aromas of red fruit. The "climat"* is an ancient estate once belonging to the Burgundy dukes, annexed by king Louis XI after the death of Charles le Téméraire.
This great Burgundy wine is at it's best with meat : a duck breast or a shoulder of roast lamb. Grilled fish also goes well with the Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi. Serve at 15°C. It will keep for some ten years.
* The term "climat" constitutes the Burgundy definition of "Terroir", in other words the specific geological and climatic conditions found on a defined plot of land.