Armelle et Bernard Rion Nuits-Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2019 (750mL/1.5L)

2019
Pinot Noir
Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

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$80.00

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Our tasting impressions

Another outstanding Les Damodes from the Rions. It is a splendid vineyard and their transparent winemaking really shows it well. Given the openness of this vintage, it is rather drinkable now, though time will be an ally (particularly for the magnum). We love the earthy charm of this wine and expect you will as well.

 

About this wine

Les Damodes might refer to the Druidesses who inhabited the area or the feminine trinity presiding over the good of the earth.

 

The east-facing, sloping Pinot Noir vineyard planted in limestone 40 years ago, borders Vosne-Romanée. Full berries are fermented in cement tanks for about 2 weeks.  The wine ages 15 months in oak barrels - 60% 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.

 

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.