Armelle et Bernard Rion Nuit-Saint Georges 1er Cru Marcel Héritage 2019

Pinot Noir
Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

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Our tasting impressions

This is a bit of a powerhouse in typical Nuits fashion. But it is not without a good dose of elegance and class. The old vines are very evident in the remarkably deep and long flavors. Happy to offer this fine Premier Cru for the first time.


About this wine

Pinot Noir from two plots - Les Murgers  and Aux Chaignots - totaling 0.56ha at the North of Nuits-Saint-Georges, very close to Vosne-Romanée. These plots enjoy a great sun exposure and they are on a clay-chalky slope with low rocks. They were planted as much as 85 years ago. Handpicked and de-stemmed.


Fermentation is in a cement tank for about 2 weeks. After pressing, the wine ages in French oak barrels (60% new) for about 15 months. 


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.


About the vintage 

Despite a series of weather challenges (hail, frost, drought, etc.) that resulted in low yields a la 2016, the quality of fruit in 2019 was outstanding, and obviously concentrated. Some Côte de Nuits producers liken the vintage to 2010 but maybe even finer tannins.

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.