Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits Villages VV – Desertaux Ferrand
The Desertaux Ferrand, Cote De Nuit Village Vielles Vignes is an incredibly elegant red wine made from old Pinot Noir vines in Burgundy. Lower yields and more concentrated flavours. Red and black fruit berry notes with peppery notes. Intense on the palate, with great finesse and balanced tannins.
Vielles Vignes is a French wine term meaning: ‘old vines’ – commonly used on wine labels to indicate that a wine is the product of grape vines that are particularly old. As a result yields decrease, which can lead to more concentrated, better quality wines. Drink 2021 to 2028.
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Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand is a family Domaine founded in 1899 and is located in Corgoloin, Burgundy.
The estate covers a total of 20 hectares of vines with about 10 hectares in Cote de Nuits Villages. The terroir is made up of Limestone with a south east exposure. The middle of the slopes are dedicated to the village D.O, and the foot of the slopes are for the regional D.O. They’re advocates of sustainable viticulture processes, and don’t use any herbicides or phytosanitary products. In a region devoted to Chardonnay, the historical presence of the Pinot Blanc grape variety is a remarkable feature of the estate.
The grapes are harvested by hand for the village and 1er Cru D.O, and the use of indigenous yeasts and the thermoregulation of all their tanks allows the fermentation to take place in the best conditions.
Pinot Noir wines are made in a few places throughout France but the most famous region by far is Burgundy, “Bourgogne.”
The world’s most coveted Pinot Noir vines grow on a narrow, east-facing slope just South of Dijon. Burgundy is a very old wine region and was first tended by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages.
When tasting French Pinot Noir, you may note its more earthy and floral style. This is part of Burgundy’s terroir. In fact, many fine winemakers here choose to ferment with whole grape clusters to increase tannin in their Pinot Noir wines. This effort may result in bitterness early on, but results in wines that age 20 plus years.
Côtes de Nuits-Villages
Cote de Nuits Villages is an appellation mainly for Pinot Noir but also for Chardonnay.
The appellation was created in July 1937. It currently includes about 160 hectares of Pinot Noir and 9 of Chardonnay.
They are produced in a select group of five towns in the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy; Brochon, Fixin, Premeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. The first two lie in the north of the Côte de Nuits, the last three in the south.
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