Armelle et Bernard Rion Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes 2019

Pinot Noir
Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

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Our tasting impressions

There's nothing quite like Vosne-Romanée. Chaumes can sometimes project more of an earthy, bruising Nuits character but this 2019 beautifully presents the Rion style of finesse and elegance. It has a silky texture and gorgeous ripe fruit, framed by the wonderful and unique Vosne spice mixture. A real beauty!


About this wine

Les Chaumes is lower on the slope than most Vosne 1er Cru vineyards and the soil features more clay.  The result is supple wines an emphasis on body.  This vineyard exemplifies the unique composition of Burgundy ownership.  Six and a half hectares of land are owned by 30 or more people.

100% Pinot Noir from an east facing plot of .46 ha planted 85 years ago.  It is just below La Tache, perhaps the most prized Burgundy Grand Cru vineyard.

Full berries are pressed, and after vinification, aged in 60% new oak barrels for 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.