Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013 Les Ursulines, Jean-Claude Boisset
In 1961, a tenacious eighteen-year-old, Jean-Claude Boisset founded his eponymous négociant winery in Nuits-St.-Georges. An artisan Burgundy producer with an audacious, contemporary style, the winery is housed in a former Ursulines convent where Winemaker Grégory Patriat strives for authentic wines in which human intervention has been kept to a bare, discreet minimum. Utilizing native yeasts and never more than 30% new oak, the wines are concentrated, well-rounded, and naturally expressive of their terroirs. The winery embraces the philosophy devised by the Boisset family where the winemaker is as much engaged in the vineyards as in the cellars, building close partnerships with growers to achieve the highest quality in the vineyards. This wine has the noblest pedigree imaginable, coming as it does from the Côte de Nuits. The grapes were grown on old vines on which specified growing techniques were used: controlled yields by severe de-budding, and cluster thinning when necessary. Also working with environmentally friendly pest management that respects beneficial wildlife. The grapes were handpicked and collected and sorted a first time in the vineyard and a second time on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery. All the grapes were completely destemmed and gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasted a total of 21 to 25 days including one week of cold maceration. Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only (no additives such as enzymes or tannins were used). Infrequent punching of the cap (eight maximum). In the cellar the wine was aged on the lees for 12 months with no racking using a proportion of 10% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time for very delicate oaking. It shows intense cherry color and aromas of fresh red currants and raspberry, and wild strawberry with a hint of spice. It’s forward and very smooth, on the palate with ripe cherry and berry notes and hints of toasty vanilla. On Sale!!