Domaine Christian Belleville
2009 'Les Chauchoux' Rully AOC
Pinot Noir •Rully AOC
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Mission Codename: Certainly NOT Un-Rully
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Visit the Côte Chalonnaise commune of Rully and retrieve a delicious Red Burgundy.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Domaine Christian Belleville
Wine Subject: 2009 ‘Les Chauchoux’ Rully AOC Red Burgundy
Backgrounder: The village commune of Rully, the northernmost appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise. It is one of the best regions for delicious Chardonnay and is also well regarded for Pinot Noir in the area and has an excellent reputation for flavorful and serious wines. The AOC was formally designated in 1939 and there are 23 Premier Crus but not one Grand Cru in the appellation.
The region is well known for its unique soil composition of white limey marl and calcic limestone, Jurassic gravel and rock and red clay. Also the vines grown in Rully are grown at an elevation of from 750 to 1100 feet above mean sea level.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Bright and glistening ruby red with sparkling ruby streaks in its crystal clear core. The bright ruby color extends to the very rim lass and when swirled, widely spaced fat legs are randomly spaced around the edge of the glass.
Smell – Fresh and ripe red fruit including red cherry and strawberry leading the way with redolent floral, spice and soft toasted oak aromas that include notes of cola, vanilla and both exotic and brown spice.
Feel – Velvet smooth and fresh on the palate with racy acidity and medium firm but supple tannins generously expanding over the palate with a soft touch of mineral texture.
Taste – Ripe, sweet and tangy red cherry, strawberry, raspberry followed by slightly more tart versions of the same fruit are followed by the layers of other complex flavors including spring flowers, brown spices, cola and toasted oak.
Finish – Clean, fresh and medium long in length with the tangy red fruit lasting as the other complex flavors linger. The supple tannins and racy acidity linger on the tongue and invite another sip.
Conclusion – The 2009 Domaine Christian Belleville ‘Les Chauchoux’ Rully AOC is a delicious and fresh Pinot that bridges the gap between French styles and the newer American fruit forward style without sacrifice. Fresh and ripe fruit on the nose and a well structured palate blend with a slightly fruit forward flavor profile making this wine great for food. Enjoy this wine tonight or cellar for the next five years to see how it evolves. A nice wine to pair with pork whether roasted, grilled or barbecued.
Agent White has been reported as A.W.O.L. and last seen just outside Beaune sipping wines at a cafe and enjoying local food and culture.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the the Rully commune south of Beaune and northwest of Chalon-sur-Saone can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
The reference of the appellation! Delicious cuvée, monopole in the field, very elegant, racy and fruity nose. The mouth is supple, all finesse and delicacy. A beautiful wine has nothing to envy to the most prestigious appellations. You will soon make your preferred Burgundy.
Tasting Notes: Nice deep red ruby robe with pinkie tints, limpid and brilliant. Open bouquet of fresh and “explosive” aromas of red fruits (cherry, raspberry, strawberry). Second nose on lilac with a touch of spices (pepper and clove) Clean attack, fresh, round, well structured and well$balanced, very soft and well integrated tannins. Long lasting and persistent on fruity aromas.
Vineyard: ‘Les Chauchoux’ is a monopoly of domain, 5.56 ha-oriented area is stony calcareous Brown soil. The vines of pinot noir are aged 55 years and cultivated in principled struggle.
Food Pairing: With all kind of dishes based on light red or white meat (veal, lamb…), either grilled or roasted. Give it also a try with BBQ. All cheeses not too strong will also pair very well.
Winemaking: Grapes are hand picked and then hand sorted after harvest. The skins are left to macerate with the juice for 2 to 3 weeks. When placed in vats for maceration, part of the grapes are left in bunches, the remainder being de-stemmed. Fermentation lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Free juices naturally flowing before pressing are matured separately from the juices extracted with the pneumatic press. Malolactic fermentation takes place partly in vats and partly in barrels, the two juices are then partially or completely assembled to achieve the desired balance.
Maturing last 12 to 18 months over fine lees under severely reduced exposure to air, and the barrels are topped-up regularly to limit oxidation. The first racking is to clarify and stabilize the wine so that it stays crystal clear. If unstable elements still remain in suspension, before bottling further fining and gentle filtration are performed to assure highest stability and optimal brilliance.
Our reds are matured in barrels of various ages and are assembled before bottling thereby toning down oak flavours and conferring a more complex nose and a subtle taste.
About The Winery:
Domaine Belleville is located in Rully in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise.
Domaine Belleville owns and looks after 80 acres of vineyards in the following wine-regions: Rully and Mercurey in Côte Chalonnaise, Santenay and Puligny-Montrachet in Côte de Beaune, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin in Côte de Nuits. The Domaine covers the 3 major wine production areas of Burgundy which makes out of it a unique Domaine!
Domaine Belleville is Rully’s largest vineyard owner (in Rully white & red and in Rully 1er cru white and red). As a matter of fact, we are extremely lucky to have more than 5 different Rully 1er cru white offering as many different wines as we have different appellations enabling us to answer everyone’s taste.
Among the other appellations from Côte Chalonnaise produced by Domaine Belleville, a special mention needs to be made to our Mercurey (both red and white) and our Mercurey 1er cru “Clos l’Evêque” (red).
The Field was created in the years 1920 by the large father of Mr Christian BELLEVILLE .
This last in took again the succession since 1982. Since this date, it did not have of cease to increase the surface of exploitation. From 5 to 10, then with 17 hectares, the Field Christian Belleville account today 22 hectares in Rully name. In complement of this main name of the Chalonnaise Coast, the field has and exploits 10 hectares of vines under Mercurey name and 6 hectares of name prestigious such as Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny.
Since his resumption of the Field, Christian Belleville always fought to show the diversity of the Burgundian soils.
Rully White and Rully Rouges 1 er Believed make it possible to confirm this diversity which makes all the richness of the wines of the Field and Burgundy.
The products are marketed mainly in bottles and according to the years, a part is sold with the detail.
The production of the Field is approximately 230 000 bottles, divided into 55% of red, 35% of white, 5% of rose and 5% of creaming.
Appellation: Appellation Rully Contrôlée
Varietals: Pinot Noir