Tuesday, August 19, 2008

2006 Domaine D’Ardhuy Côtes de Beaune Villages “Les Combottes” Red Burgundy

2006 Domaine D’Ardhuy Côtes de Beaune Villages “Les Combottes” Red Burgundy France
Suggested retail price $22-$26

Domaine d’Ardhuy is located in the heart of Burgundy, in the Côte de Nuits bordering the Côte de Beaune. It is nestled in the Clos des Langres, which has been known for the quality of its wine since the monks of the Abbaye de Cîteau planted the first vineyards in the 10th century. Four generations of the d'Ardhuy family have owned this 45 hectare estate which includes multiple vineyards stretching from Puligny-Montrachet to Gevrey-Chambertin. They produce about 40 different wines (mainly grands crus and premier crus- including Corton, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Charlemagne). The average annual production of the Domaine is 20,000 cases.

The production of excellent wine demands grapes of exceptional quality. This is the motto of owner Gabriel d’Ardhuy. All estate vines are cared for with respect and cultivated in a traditional manner, ensuring the maximum uptake of characteristics of the terroir and its micro-climates. Each bountiful harvest is the result of meticulous vineyard stewardship. A deep appreciation and understanding of the land and frequent maturity checks enable the Domaine to harvest each vine at its optimum maturity. All fermentation takes place traditionally-- in oak barrels with regular stirring of the lees at the end of the fermentation process.

Tasting note: This is a pretty wine with mixed aromas of red berries and earth combined with hints of mineral and wild herbs scents. On the palate, it is lively, fresh, medium-bodied and full of bright red berry flavors with subtle notes of earth and mineral. Balanced and complex, the finish is refreshing and lingers nicely. Young and full of life, this wine will be ideal with grilled duck or lamb.

Info taken from the importer website: www.Wineberry.com


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