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Domaine Nicolas Perrault, Maranges Premier Cru Clos des Loyères 2018

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
Clos de Loyères is perhaps the finest of the premiers crus of Maranges, the southernmost cru of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. From a vineyard planted in 1973, this wine has ripe tannins and round fruit, and was aged for 24 months in barrel to sweeten the tannins.
Price: £24.00 Bottle
Price: £288.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: BU78821

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2027
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Côte de Beaune

The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced...
The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced here.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy.

Pinot noir and chardonnay are the two permitted grapes of any significance, though Aligoté is grown occasionally for crisp, mouth-watering whites that are often used to make kir, and some generic Bourgogne or Crémant can be made with pinot blanc, pinot gris and beurrot can be made.

The appellations to be found in the Côte de Beaune are as follows: Ladoix, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton , Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Meursault, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges

Côte de Beaune-Villages and Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Beaune are also made. The former is solely for red wines and the latter includes some whites as well. Both are mostly from vineyards on the top of the escarpment and some represent good value for early drinking Burgundy.

Côte de Beaune wines are generally lighter than those from the Côte de Nuits. Beaunes are soft and round, Volnays fine and silky. Pommards are the exception: due to more clay in the soil, they can be notably tannic and in need of considerable bottle age. The greatest of all white Burgundies, Le Montrachet, is made here between Chassagne and Puligny.
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The Wine Advocate

<span style="color: #191919; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">The2018 Maranges 1er Cru Le Clos des Loyères unwinds in the glass with aromas...
<span style="color: #191919; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">The2018 Maranges 1er Cru Le Clos des Loyères unwinds in the glass with aromas ofsweet berries, cherries, warm spices and peonies. Medium to full-bodied,layered and velvety, it's deep and concentrated, with ripe tannins, livelyacids and a saline finish. In this parcel, Perrault is experimenting with"tressage" to avoid cutting his vines' apical shoots as opposed to"rognage" or hedging, the conventional method of canopy management inBurgundy. 92+/100 - </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:7.5pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Open Sans&quot;,sans-serif;color:#191919;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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William Kelley

JancisRobinson.com

Spicy oak on the nose with rather disconcerting cinnamon notes. Fresh fruit. Not the purest red burgundy, it certainly meets the price point. Chewy finish. 16/20

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