Vineyard: From the large Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi, which overlooks the village of Beaune and is reputed for producing finesseful, yet ageworthy wines.
Soil: white, shallow topsoil, very gravelly/stony
Viticulture: Lutte-raisonee; all work is done by hand, including harvest
Vinification: Partial destemming of grapes (15% whole cluster) followed by maceration/fermentation of 15-20 days.
Aging: Elevage in primarily neautral barrels and up to 15% new oak.
Notes: The Beaune Clos du Roi 1er Cru is not a power wine, it's all about the finesse and length. Perfumed and subtle with lovely lift and precision. Tends to age more slowly than the Savignys.
The fresh and attractive, indeed even airy aromas are comprised by notes of both red and dark pinot fruit with top notes of spice and rose petal. The relatively refined and sleek middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy that continues onto the mildly austere and slightly edgy finish. This is prettier than it is deep and even though the balance isn't perfect it's not without plenty of appeal.