This is a pretty and more perfumed version of Beaune. The nose shows black cherry, light spice, a hint of violets, and just there smoked meats. The palate has presence to it for a pinot with an up front sweet black cherry, light spice, some earth, and a briary brambly back end. D&M Tasting Notes
100% of the grapes are destemmed and placed in cement and stainless steel vats. The grape must is chilled down to eight degrees and then allowed to start a spontaneous fermentation that usually lasts about two to three weeks depending on the vintage conditions. They are lightly extracted using the infusion approach, which is to say very little is done to disturb the grapes during the fermentation and maceration. Once pressed, it’s settled in a tank overnight and gravity fed into into barrel the wines where they stay without racking until preparations for bottling. As he does with the white wines, the first sulfite addition is made at bottling and they are spared excess use of new oak during the aging.
Les Beaux Fougeots abuts Demougeot’s other Beaune lieu-dit Les Epenotes as well as the Beaune 1er Crus Les Epenotes (yes, same name but different classification) to the south and just downslope from Beaune 1er Cru Les Boucherottes, which sits just below the famed 1er Cru Le Clos des Mouches—needless to say a nicely placed spot for a village wine, even for Beaune. Indeed, this appellation pumps out a lot of uninspiring village wines from the large Burgundy negociants that own the vast majority of the land in Beaune. Despite that, one has to give the benefit of the doubt to the negociants in Beaune, who bought most of this land not only because of the convenient proximity to their hometown and a large swath of more flat land easier to work, but because the vineyards can output some seriously good wines. The quality of wines grown further upslope from the lower lying 1er Crus, and some outstanding village parcels in the south, like the pair Demougeot bottles separately, confirm the pedigree of this large appellation. Importer Notes
Rodolphe Demougeot 2017 Beaune Les Beaux Fougets
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