100% Pinot Noir.
SANTENAY PREMIER CRU "CLOS ROUSSEAU"
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Food and wine pairing
Ideal with roast, grilled or marinaded red meats, wild game, cheeses.
The appellation extends over 350 hectares, of which 124 are rated as Premiers Crus, with 10% exclusively dedicated to white wines. The right to use the words "Premier Cru" is a distinction granted to certain climats whose wines are traditionally highly regarded. These climats (the Burgundian word for a plot planted with vines) are specially delimited, in acknowledgement of their special characteristics and consistent quality.
The "Clos de Rousseau" plot covers 15.95 hectares and is located south-west of the hamlet of Saint-Jean.
The vines grow on a brown limestone soil rich in clay and silt, inherited from the Middle Jurassic period. The wines it produces are well-known for their firm character and floral aromas as well as supple tannins.
As for its name, this 1er Cru is certainly the witness of the past: it is more than likely to have belonged to a familly named Rousseau, which is a very common last name in the region.
Vinification and maturing
After the fermentation, the wine was aged in oak barrels for 15 to 17 months, using a proportion of 25% new oak for a delicate toast.