Musician turned winemaker Julien Cruchandeau has been farming Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and NSG since 2010, producing small-batch wines in a hands-off style. ‘Les Cabottes’ is just as fun and crowd-pleasing as its maker, showing flavors of crunchy red fruit, mushrooms, and wet earth, marked by silky, well-integrated tannins. Serve slightly chilled with red meats, risotto, or game.
VINEYARDS & VITICULTURE
Les Ranches means “spiky thorny bushes” in old French. Located at the northern end of the Côtes de Nuits, below the 1er Cru La Micaude, and planted in 1974.
Chalk and clay
HARVEST & VINIFICATION
30% whole cluster. Maceration at a low temperature for the first ten days. Fermented in vats for 5 to 6 weeks with no pigeage. Aged for 12 months with fine lees in oak casks, 10% new.
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