I am thrilled to share that we have received new arrivals including favourites from Givry, Maranges, Santenay, and Savigny-les-Beaunes. The Rougeot-Dupin range continues to open exciting new chapters in our family's winemaking story through capitalizing on several under the radar appellations within the Côte de Beane and Côte Chalonnaise.
Set in the heart of Côte Chalonnaise, Givry wines from this subregion were said to be the favourite of the French King Henri IV (1553-1610). Givry is a small corner of paradise for winemakers, primarily producing red wines from Pinot Noir, with a small 10% being whites. A fair portion of Givry vineyards are classified as Premier Cru (30), in the areas of the finest sloping terroirs. The appellation also covers the communes of Dracy-le-Fort and Jambles, bringing the total vineyard area to 300 hectares. The AOC for the area was first stated in 1946 and has continued to create high quality wines since.
All plantings are set upon brown soils that were derived from the breakdown of Oxfordian Jurassic limestones and clay-limestones. Most of the vines are planted facing East-South-East or due South at around 240 to 280 metres above sea level, with some areas up to 410 metres (in climats such as Les Bois Chevaux). The overall continental style climate allows for dry months in Autumn, optimal for harvesting before weather turns south.
Rougeot-Dupin - Givry Village 2019
A delicate nose with floral, springtime scents. This wine is pleasing and balanced on the palate, respecting the softness of the aromas perceived on the nose. Givry combines freshness with fruitiness for a sensation of delicateness and finesse. 100% Pinot Noir.
Sitting at the most southerly point of the Côte de Beaune, it is considered to be the home of both the water nymphs and the god of wine. Presenting as both a spa and a wine producing appellation, it has been populated by humans for centuries, with the AOC status being instituted in 1937. It is at it's border with Chassagne-Montrachet that you will find the most premier crus of Santenay, where the limestone soils still trail through the vineyards. Primarily a red wine appellation of Pinot Noir, small plots of Chardonnay can be found. The reds bringing a slightly deeper colour than northern wines, and present a more rustic and raw approach due to the particularities of the terroir.
Up to a height of 500 metres, the terroir consists of greyish limestone towards the top, with oölite limestone and marl within the soils around the 300 metre line. With three of its sides exposed, westerly winds affect the climat more than most other appellations, resulting in stronger vines than the sheltered vines of the North.
Rougeot-Dupin - Santenay 2018
The bouquet is very opened and rich, with notes of red to black cherries, fresh liquorice, wild berries, oak spices, sap and petit red fruits. It is still a delicate wine with such a fragrant bouquet. The palate is fruity with a great sappy backbone and has lovely savoury tones with a firm structure at present especially mid-palate. The finish is long and refreshing. It is hard not to drink up now. Cellar up to 2025+. 100% Pinot Noir.
Forming the link between the Côte-d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire, many of it's vineyards are interlocked with its neighbour, Santenay. Covering the villages of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges, the Maranges AOC was established in 1988. Focused on red wines, Pinot Noir is the primary planting across the 170 hectares of vines within the appellation.
With slopes different to any found in the Côte de Beaune, the origins are geologically the same with varied patchwork of hills and valleys. Primarily receiving South and South-westerly exposure the vines tend to grow between 240 and 400 metres above sea level. The soils varying from light pebbled soils to brown limestone and marl soils.
This vineyard is classified as Premier Cru, one of the few in the Maranges appellation, at a size of 28 hectares. Clustered with other Premier Cru sites, Clos Roussot sits the most South-easterly and closest to the village of Cheilly-lès-Maranges.
Rougeot-Dupin - Maranges 1er Cru "Clos Roussot" 2019
The bouquet is very opened, with notes of red cherries, fresh liquorice, wild berries, oak spices, sap and petit red fruits. It is a rich wine with such a fragrant bouquet. The palate is fruity and has lovely savoury tones with a firm structure at present especially mid-palate. The finish is long and refreshing. It is hard not to drink up now. Drink now with 30min decanting or keep up until 2025+. 100% Pinot Noir
Only a short distance away from the town of Beaune, this appellation is a large village settled in between the Hill of Corton and Beaune. With hills receding beside the river Rhoin, the vineyards of Savigny-les-Beaunes can be seen. With ancient lineage and a 14th century castle set within the area, the vineyards have been owned by prestigious names including the Dukes of Bourgogne and the Knights of Malta, each for an extensive period of time. Gaining AOC status in 1937 it was a mere formality, for the quality of wine in this section of prestige has always been in existence.
Placed perfectly for the vineyards to all be planted on South facing slopes, large numbers of quality vines are grown. This has lead to Savigny-les-Beaunes producing some of the highest numbers of hectolitres in the Burgundy region, close behind Meursault, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Beaune. Upon these slopes the gradient appears gentle at first with alluvial soils from the Rhoin river, then as the slope increases at the higher altitudes gravelly soils with oölitic ironstone. Various other plots consists of red-brown limestone, with a smattering of sand upon eastern slopes.
Rougeot-Dupin Savigny-les-Beaunes 2018
The nose is very pretty, with notes of cherry, wild berries and soft spices. The palate is harmonious, well balanced, light bodied with silky and firm tannins. The delicacy of this wine is staggering and reveals the beautiful expression of Savigny-les-Beaune. Drink now or cellar until 2025+. 100% Pinot Noir.