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Pinot Noir, 2016. Olivier Chanzy

Pinot Noir, 2016. Olivier Chanzy

Item #: L1219R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: France
Color: Dense Center, Crimson Edges
Nose: Black Plum, Cherry
Palate: Blueberry, Currant, Spice
Finish: Very Long, Penetrating
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meat, Game/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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When you hear that a winemaker is a "rising star" in Burgundy, you pay attention. Burgundy is considered the Holy Grail of wine. Most people in the wine business rate it as their favorite wine in the world. Yet, it can be the most confounding, confusing and contemptuous wine appellation on Earth.

The ownership is so spread out that few control enough vines to make it profitable to produce their own wine. So, they sell to negociants, like Olivier Chanzy, who buys small lots and blends them together. Some of these owners literally have a few rows of vines, not acres. Quality is the primary concern.

Yet, when you get a great Burgundy wine, it is a sublime experience. Unfortunately, those experiences are few and far between. Add to this confusion the Pinot Noir grape - one of the most difficult grapes there is - and the frustration level rises. Rising stars like Olivier must juggle between romancing the grower to pay attention to the vines, and picking the right lots to blend together.

Oliver was able to acquire an old facility in Meursault and renovate it to his standards. Only in that way could he control every facet of production.

Since he is located in the middle of Burgundy, Olivier is able to pick and choose from the entire appellation, a rare opportunity. For this beauty, the grapes came from areas around Beaune, featuring structure and presence with spice and the pure beauty of Pinot Noir.

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