Maison L’Envoyé, Bourgogne Rouge (2011)
Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Burgundy, France
Maison L’Envoyé, ‘The House of the Messenger,’ tirelessly explores the finest sites dedicated to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. They strive to craft wines that not only sing of their origins, but are also delicious in their own right.
Burgundy’s famed ‘golden slope’ is home to the world’s most collectible wines. A mecca for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, the Jurassic limestone underfoot provides for wines of unmatched minerality and complexity of flavor, while the elevated scarp offers aspect and drainage essential in this broadly continental, and often inclement, climate.
The grapes were hand-picked in mid-Sept. Indigenous yeast fermentation in stainless steel with gentle cap management to extract color and flavor without excessive phenolics. Matured in neutral French oak for 12 months to meld flavors and preserve fresh aromatics without imparting dominant oak.
The 2011 Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from three growers situated around Beaune and the Hautes Cote plus a component of 1’er Cru Savigny ‘Les Marconnets’. Raspberry aromas hints of clove, and classic floral perfumes lead, followed by crunchy red fruits, silky grape tannins and a nervy, acid backbone. Begs for charcuterie.