Domaine Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge 2014

£38.00 (75cl)

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SKU: BURO1114B

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Flat, deep soil with very little gravels. Made almost entirely of clay. About 50 years old

Tasting note

Fresh and crisp. Bright acidity and good body with flavors of red fruits.

About the producer

Beginning his winemaking career in 1994, Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy wine makers. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers from Volnay. After completing his technical training and education at oenology school in Beaune, Nicolas put his knowledge into practice with stints at Domaine Joseph Voillot in Volnay, Domaine Louis Latour in the Ardèche and Domaine Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf du Pape. Anxious to learn wider viticultural and winemaking techniques, he went to work in South Africa at Domaine Boschendal in Stellenbosch in 1995, followed by Château Cardonne in Bordeaux. He later returned home to his family’s domaine (Rossignol-Jeanniard), but he wished to create his own domaine. In 1997, he acquired 4.5 hectares spread over the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe Corton and Pernand Vergelesses.

In 1998, he increased his vineyard holdings by a further 2 hectares. Today, Nicolas makes wine from his own estate, as well as from his fathers’ vineyards. Nicolas is now buying all the fruit from his family’s domaine, thus everything is bottled under the name Nicolas Rossignol (either with or without the word ‘domaine’.) Since all the vineyards are under his sole control throughout the year, all wines can be purchased with utmost confidence. Subsequent vineyard purchases in 2005 and 2014 means that Nicolas Rossignol’s holdings now extend to 17 hectares, producing nearly 30 different cuvées! The evolution of the last 5 years has been spectacular: Nicolas is now producing genuinely individual wines that fully respect their origin, as well as possessing the purity and precision of many of the top modern Burgundies. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the multitude of wines produced at the estate. His wines are now housed in his brand new cuverie on the edge of Beaune, in which he can vinify each cru by terroir and by parcel.



Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Lots of sleek fruit and polish. Good delivery for the money. Fine tannins. Tastes as though made by a confident winemaker. Long. Points: 16.5. Date Tasted: 11/01/2016

Regions Vintage Report:

“Charming, fresh & balanced – very Burgundian.” The end of winter and early spring of 2014 were markedly mild, sunny and largely dry. Vine bud-burst was therefore early and led to thoughts of a potential late August harvest. However this benevolent weather pattern did not continue with much of May being cooler and damper than usual; the net result was that the vines’ development was slowed. Flowering in the first week of June passed off successfully giving rise to hopes of a bountiful vintage – much needed after a sequence of several smaller than average crops. June was dry and warm, for the most part, with occasional spikes in heat to over 30°C. The harvest was now expected to begin around the 10-12th September. The month though had not run its course before certain vignerons’ luck ran out as there was a savage hail storm that hit Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune – for the 3 rd year in succession! Cruel indeed. The worst hit domaines lost 50% of potential earnings, with cru by cru losses varying between 40%-80%. The weather in July was decidedly mixed with only very few hot, sunny periods being scattered amongst predominately rainy, cool conditions. Rot was a constant threat and for some, especially on the Côte de Nuits, the presence of the Asian vinegar fly was another problem to face, as these unwelcome pests pierce the berries causing the juice to turn acetic. Vigilance and strict sorting was necessary in the vineyards where these challenges occurred. August too, continued to be unseasonably cool and damp. The grapes were only slowly nearing full ripeness. September dawned and the weather changed. Settled, sunny conditions set in with a cool drying north wind – prayers had been answered! There were a couple of rain storms, but essentially the month was dry enabling the grapes to ripen sufficiently and the harvest to take place in good weather. Some growers chose to pick before the rain in order to retain freshness and edge in their wines, whilst others chose to harvest after the rain in the hope of attaining extra ripeness. Both choices seem to have their successes. The finest wines show precision, clarity of fruit, excellent balance and an authenticity that is very Burgundian. The greatest reds offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance, with more fruit ripeness and weight than 2013; whilst the best whites marry a fine, focused linearity and tension with a juiciness of ripe fruit. Alcohol degrees, in general, are tempered and minerality/salinity is marked ensuring that the best wines are very appetising. The 2014 Chablis vintage stands out for exhibiting excellent verve and typicité and with good ageing potential. A widely noted refreshing drinkability is a key element of the success of 2014 Burgundy and the deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted well to the relative delicacy of the 2014 fruit. Here the myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2014, like 2013 before it, may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint, finesse and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine-producing regions. Volumes, overall, are more plentiful than in recent vintages, except for those embattled growers in the Volnay/Pommard sector where the hail caused such devastating damage. Volumes are also a problem in parts of the Côte de Nuits where the Asian vinegar fly impact was at its worst. Some growers feel that 2014 can be compared to vintages like 2008 but with more weight (for whites) or 2012, 2000 or 1999 for red. In any case, the quality and style of 2014 will bring hugely pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. For our Burgundy 2014 En Primeur offer, we are pleased to say that we have once again managed to reduce our pricing in many instances, thanks to a restrained approach from a number of growers in tandem with a beneficial movement in the £/€ exchange rate.Christian Honorez & Neil Sommerfelt MW January 2016©adVINture 2020

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