Eric de Suremain Rully Blanc 1er cru “Pillot L'Intemporelle” 2018
1 or more bottles$110.00
The Wine Advoca93 points
This is from a very small parcel underneath Meix Caillet. This year it again shows as Chablis-esque with sea spray, iodine, and white flowers framing the aromas along with very gentle (and classy) reduction. The wine is very racy and pure in the mouth where it shows it's class - long, stony and very precise. Lovely and classic white burgundy, not relying on ripeness and wood to get its message across. Superb wine.
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The Wine Advocate93
"(2017 vintage) Produced from vines planted in 1920 in an east/southeast-facing premier cru, de Suremain's finest white is the 2017 Rully 1er Cru Pillot L'intemporelle, a striking wine that offers up attractive aromas of confit citrus, crisp green orchard fruit and almond paste. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with racy acids and a promising sense of tension and structural reserve. It's well worth seeking out."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Rully is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) – one of four village appellations – in the Côte Chalonnaise of Burgundy, France. It received its AOC status in 1939. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the main grape varieties here, and the appellation produces more white wine than red, now with Premiers Crus for both. The Rully Chardonnays are gold in colour (which intensifies over time), with green highlights. On the nose, expect acacia, honeysuckle, elderflower, and violet floral aromas alongside lemon, peach, and flint. Notes of honey, quince, and dried fruits can develop with age. The palate is vibrant with fruit and boasts a long finish. The reds of Rully Pinot Noirs range in colour from ruby to garnet. On the nose, expect both black and red fruits (think blackcurrants, blackberries, and cherries), as well as licorice, rose, and lilac. Aromas of cooked fruit can develop with age. On the palate, fruit and tannin are well-balanced. In addition to red and white still wines, Rully – since the early 1800s – has also been a hub for the production of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne.
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About the brand Domaine Suremain
One of Burgundy's leading practitioners of biodynamic viticulture, Eric de Suremain began farming organically as long ago as 1996. Today, he and his wife, Dominique, work with just under six hectares in Monthélie and five hectares in Mercurey. Red wines are fermented in wooden tanks, often these days with the retention of some 30% stems, for a very classical maceration; whites are pressed directly and fermented in barrels after a brief settling. Elevage is comparatively protracted, with whites seeing some 15 months and reds seeing 18-20 months. The result is elegant reds that have a charmingly old-fashioned feel and evolve slowly in bottle and pure, precise whites with sneaky depth and persistence. In short, admirers of classically balanced Burgundy will find much to admire at this address, and the wines come warmly recommended.
William Kelley, End of July 2019, The Wine Advocate