Updated: Jan 6
Ladoix 1er Cru
Wines like this one make you glad to be born in the right part of the world. It is everything you want from Burgundy. This nectar comes from Ladoix (Premier Cru), in the northern part of Côte de Beaune. It is a 100% Pinot Noir (what else at this latitudes?!?!). The grapes are manually harvested, then they undergo an alcoholic fermentation between between 25 and 34 °C in concrete tank for 10 to 15 days. Then the divine juice ages for 12 months in French oak barrels, 15% in new barriques. It undergoes also the malolactic fermentation and then it stays other 6months in stainless steel tanks on fine lees. It does some bottle ageing before the release. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with some garnet reflections. The intensity is pale. It is absolutely clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. Even if you have the worst cold, you can still enjoy all the elegance that this nectar is able to donate. There is the intense perfume of the rose, the richness of the wild red fruits, and the opulence of the raisin, sultana and kirsch. Starting to swirl the glass, and balsamic notes of eucalyptus arrive to the nostrils. The oak aging gives aromas of cedar, vanilla, cloves and resinous. At the beginning the tertiaries are bit austere, but after 20 minutes from the uncorking, they show elegantly their presence. There are notes of tar, leather, game, vegetable and a very delicate hint of farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). The flavour intensity is pronounced and the finish is long. The red fruits is amazing, there are also notes of liquorice, black pepper and medicinal. Injecting a lot of air in the mouth trying to find other fragrances, I can distinguish something similar to the perfume of camphor characterizing the toilette of Italian Autogrill on the highways. Such good memories! Moreover the flavour of farmyard becomes more and more incisive.
The wine is extremely good: harmonious, complex, charming. The red fruits bouquet is a small masterpiece. The aromatic palette evolves without annoying but keeping enchanting the luckily drinker. I love it! I enjoy it by its own first and then with a Parma ham and Chaource AOP sandwich. The acidity of the wine works amazingly well. This nectar is perfect also if you want to spend the evening à la Oblomov, spread on the sofa while outside is raining. It will never bore you, but surprise you at every sip.