This is not a "usual" Pinot Noir, but I am not surprised because we're in the Jura and not many of these wines find commonplace due to their scarcity. From a plot in Frontenay next to the Les Boutonniers vineyard. Upon opening give the wine a good decant, giving it time to show the succulent layers of dark cherry fruit, forest floor and touches of green spice. The body is full for a Pinot Noir but the structure is fine. An interesting Pinot Noir for those looking for intrigue, nuance and a change from the norm. - Chris L
“The earth is not ours; but lent to us by our children.” So says Céline Gormally of Les Dolomies. Establishing the domain in 2008, her mantra holds true in all facets of how she manages her land. Together with her husband Steve, they manage around 5ha of vines -The Fields, as she calls them. Using biodynamic principles and compost as fertilizer, Céline eschews mechanised methods and distributes it all with donkeys between the vines.
The name Les Dolomies comes from the magnesium limestone soils found in the area. The marls and limestone outcrops are found extensively throughout the vineyards, and provide one of the best geological soil types for the Jura gape varieties.
All of the wines are wild-fermented, with very little sulphur added, if any. Some use of whole-bunch pressing is utilised for the whites, while the reds are all fully de-stemmed. Céline uses old Meursault barrels for maturation, with a scattering of demi-muids for the more delicate whites.
Their success has allowed her to lease and develop a parcel of Savagnin in the famed Château-Chalon, as well as vineyards in Nervy and Passenans. Céline believes in the strength of each individual plot, and bottles separately, to allow the individual voice of her vineyards to shine through.
|Product Type||Wine Red Pinot Noir|