2019 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.
With its supple, sweet fruit and intriguing combination of floral, earth and spice, this wine is immediately appealing. The open and generous nose carries with it violets, red rose petal, bright red cherries and cranberries. Lying in wait beneath this bacchanal of red fruits are more savoury tones of wet soil, orange peel, iron-like minerality and sage. The component of whole bunch fruit leads to lifted cinnamon spice and a slightly smoky, stocky aroma that creates depth.
The palate is highly enjoyable with soft stewed strawberry and a medium weight. Both acidity and tannin are present yet perfectly in balance with the wine.
Enjoy alongside chicken with morels and tarragon cream sauce.
Drink now and over the next 10 years.