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Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Rouge 2018

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
A pleasantly round, plumpish red Burgundy from attractively ripe grapes, yet with a fresh finish. This is made with 100% whole-bunch fermentation and no new barrels.
Price: £17.50 Bottle
Price: £105.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BU72951

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Domaine Sylvain Pataille

Sylvain Pataille is an exciting young grower in Marsannay. He trained as an oenologist in Bordeaux, and still consults to 15 or so domaines in Burgundy. His family had 4ha of vines in 1905, but lost them during difficult financial times. He began in 2001 with 4ha and now has 14ha mainly en fermage, on 25 year rental agreements, which are undergoing conversion to biodynamic cultivation. He makes white from aligoté and a selection of chardonnay rosé, whose skin turns pink when ripe, as well as rosé and red. He aims for very low yields in the reds of 35hl/ha.

Burgundy Vintage 2018

The maturity of the grapes reflects the year’s unbroken sunny summer weather. From 25th June until the harvest it was warm and, apart from the odd storm, there was little or no rain, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. By contrast plentiful spring rain had created a good reserve of water in the soil for the vines to draw upon, so that there was neither heat stress nor raisining of the grapes later in the season.

That water supply, along with a successful flowering, ensured a generous harvest the size of which mitigated some of the heat and explains why the grapes are ripe but not overripe. Anticipating their precocity, the producers began harvesting at the end of August and brought in ripe and balanced fruit in very good health, with no fungal diseases in evidence. The resulting white wines have a striking purity of fruit about them.

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