2020 Marchand & Burch Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru
Clos du Roi is a Premier Cru vineyard at the northern end of the Beaune appellation in Burgundy. Pascal Marchand owns and carefully tends some rows of vines in this vineyard, utilising the biodynamic practices he has honed over his three decades in Burgundy. Clos du Roi means “Kings Enclosure” in French – this vineyard was claimed for the crown by King Louis XI following the death of Charles the Bold, the last duke of Burgundy, in the 15th Century.
The soil in the vineyard is not particularly fertile; the Pinot Noir vines struggle against the elements and as a result produce small berries with concentrated fruit characters resulting in complex wines with intensity and structure.
Delicate and fine, this wine gains complexity and depth from savoury nuances of black liquorice, mocha, olive brine and a subtle smokiness that comes not from the barrel but rather from the unique terroir of Beaune. Flavours of ripe strawberry, cherry, and even a hint of tropical pawpaw form a dense and decadent mid-palate exhibiting great generosity and persistence of fruit. Bright acidity and silky tannin add the optimal amount of balance and structure imbuing the wine with an attractive, approachable finesse that proves promising for early enjoyment as well as long-term cellaring.
Enjoy alongside chicken with morels and tarragon cream sauce.
Drink now and over the next 10 years.