Armelle et Bernard Rion Nuit-Saint Georges Dame Marguerite Vieilles Vignes 2016

2016
Pinot Noir
Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

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Our tasting impressions

The 2015 Marguerite was a dark-horse favorite among our members. It's no surprise that the 2016 ups the ante. It's bold, rich and a gorgeous nose that will have you saying "Chambolle-Shmambolle." There's a real completeness to this Nuits and it will undoubtedly reward cellaring,

 

About this wine

This is an old vine, village wine (which can be from grapes anywhere within its appellation) from 4 Pinot Noir plots all in the same part of northern Nuits, right on the border of Vosne-Romanée. 

 

The grapes for this cuvée, named for Bernard's grandmother, Marguerite, were de-stemmed and gently pressed.  The juice fermented 16 days before aging 15 months in oak barrels - 45% new.

 

About the grape

Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates.  The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity).  Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.

 

The Rions' view of the vintage

Spring 2016 was wet & wild with unexpected cold fronts and heavy frosts at the end of April. Summer was pleasant and dry so while yields were extremely low, quality was high, though with significant variance among vineyards. The harvest began on September 24.

 

 

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

A true family affair, Armelle, Bernard and their daughters, Nelly, Melissa and Alice and her husband Louis, manage 7.5 hectares of vines producing 35,000 bottles of 14 wines across 8 appellations, including some of the most coveted ground in the Côte de Nuits. Five generations of this Rion family have been making wine since the late 19th century.

The Rions farm their mostly old-vine plots lutte-raisonnée (mostly natural and non-interventionist but within reason based on what nature dictates). Everything is done by hand, they destem completely, ferment 2-weeks in concrete tanks and age in a mix of old and new oak barrels.


Their wines are remarkably elegant and finessed while remaining true to the terroir of the different vineyards. While they do not display overt power, they do not want for structure and fortitude and are certainly age-worthy. They are heavenly with the truffles they forage with their 3 dogs.