Domaine Jaeger-Defaix, Rully 1er Cru Rouge, Clos du Chapitre, Burgundy, France, 2020
Hélène Jaeger-Defaix manages this estate in the same same spirit as their vineyards and estate in Chablis.
Farming organically, the vines have an average age of at least 35 years. When the hand picked grapes arrive the pressing is gentle and slow to extract the best juice. Post fermentation the wine is aged for a further 18 months in oak barrels of 1 to 5 years old with moderate “batonnage” to enhance the elegance of the wine.
These vineyards have an average vine age of 40 years. The soils are perfect for the cultivation of grapes with excellent aeration of the soil. The plant density is about 10000 plants per hectare and harvest is carried out by hand.
A severe sorting is done when the grape arrives at the cellar followed by de-stemming. Maceration and fermentation is carried out with natural yeasts over approx 3 weeks. Aged in used French oak for 14 to 18 months usually with a little new oak thrown in to add complexity.
14 to 18 months
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 25
This fine, elegant Clos du Chapitre is a very burgundian style of Pinot noir. Aromas of red and black fruit dominate the nose with violets and cherry in abundance. Fine, supple tannins and a refreshing acidity on the palate make this a truly remarkable bottle of Pinot.
A beautiful wine which will enhance many dishes, particularly well suited to game dishes.
Pinot Noir 100%
12 x 75cl