David Trousselle, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune En Cré Rouge 2019
100% Pinot Noir
Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France
From the importer-
The vinification here is quite simple. Grapes are hand harvested, and brought to the cellar where they are sorted prior to fermentation. Whites are barrel fermented in the classical Burgundian fashion. Reds are de-stemmed, and then given a very gentle maceration/fermentation of 15-20 days and raised in barrel. In both cases, minimal new wood is used (10-20% max).
In Burgundy today, there is increasing interest in the so-called “lesser” appellations of Burgundy, as they offer tremendous value compared to the ever increasing prices in the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. Arguably, Climate Change has also thrown an additional wrench into the mix, causing some to think twice about the potential hierarchy of these petites appellations. In fact, look no further than the Alto Piemonte for a example of the rediscovery of undervalued "lesser" wine regions with amazing potential! As with Roberto Conterno snapping up an historic estate in Gattinara, many top Burgundian producers now own or have their eye on vineyards, not only in the Hautes Cotes, but also in the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais.
Trousselle's early success has allowed him to expand and evolve his business. He and his wife recently new buildings for vinification and storage -- liberating them from the constraints of a tiny production room -- and they invested in new farming equipment and materials that facilitate organic farming. These improvements reflect the dreams and ambitious of this young, dynamic domaine. To us, Trouselle’s wines are not only beautifully rendered and amazing values, but they are also a glimpse into the future of Burgundy where over-achieving and under-appreciated regions will demonstrate their ability to shine.