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Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Marsannay Rouge 2018

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
4.000000000 star rating 2 Reviews
Ripe and soft in 2018, yet the use of 10% new wood and 70% whole-bunch fermentation lends this red Burgundy a lovely freshness.
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Code: BU72961

Wine characteristics

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

Côte de Nuits

Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile...
Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. 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.

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 that mean more variation than in any other fine wine region.

The appellations that sit above the generic regional ACs in the hierarchy are Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Echézaux and Nuits-St-George. Côte de Nuits –Villages is made from grapes grown at either end of the Côte, where the soils and sites are less impressive. Gevrey-Chambertin is a complete and balanced wine, full and harmonious. Wines from Nuits-St-Georges are the most tannic and, like Pommards, need long maturation. For many Vosne-Romanée is the summit. Its wines have beautiful velvety palates: dense and soft, sensuous and tactile. Chambolle-Musigny is the lightest yet one of the most fragrant wines of the Côte de Nuits. It is perhaps Nuits's equivalent of Volnay; a pretty, fine boned wine with exquisite perfume and a silky palate.
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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.

Olive

Beautiful red burgundy from a brilliant biodynamic maker - very elegant with lots to say. A treat for lovers of classic pinot noir.

Kate Hawkings

The Times

Trust The Wine Society to find a magnificent Marsannay from a young grower for under £25 a bottle. With whole bunch fermentation for freshness and a dab of new wood, Sylvain Pataille’s majestic, truffle...
Trust The Wine Society to find a magnificent Marsannay from a young grower for under £25 a bottle. With whole bunch fermentation for freshness and a dab of new wood, Sylvain Pataille’s majestic, truffle and game Marsannay is a fine festive swig.
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Jane MacQuitty

The Times

Marsannay, one of the last Côte d’Or villages offering brilliant value for money — The Wine Society’s Domaine Sylvain Pataille still comes in at under £25.

Jane MacQuitty

JancisRobinson.com

I’ve been beating the drum for Sylvain Pataille’s Marsannays for some time now ... and he seems to have a useful (to us) relationship with The Wine Society’s Burgundy buyer Toby Morrhall. I thought [this] ...
I’ve been beating the drum for Sylvain Pataille’s Marsannays for some time now ... and he seems to have a useful (to us) relationship with The Wine Society’s Burgundy buyer Toby Morrhall. I thought [this] at £23.50 was a steal in the current climate of sky-high Burgundy prices. Correct, mealy, sweet and interesting nose with pure, artisan fruit. Quite a bit of tannin on the end. Real artisan red burgundy with a story. Very good value. 16.5/20
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Jancis Robinson MW

decanter.com

The fragrant core of violets, dried cranberries and wild strawberries is wrapped by an earthy layer of mushrooms and petrichor. The tannins are soft and the acidity refreshing but round. A beautiful wine, ...
The fragrant core of violets, dried cranberries and wild strawberries is wrapped by an earthy layer of mushrooms and petrichor. The tannins are soft and the acidity refreshing but round. A beautiful wine, invitingly juicy without loss of poise. 92/100
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