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Domaine Tollot-Beaut 2015 Chorey-Les-Beaune Red Burgundy
This family-run domaine exudes warmth and hospitality, with a sincere willingness to share its wines and story. Its pyramid of wines, from regional to grand cru, is a reliable source of very good to exceptional red and white Burgundies. While the Tollot family defines their wine-making and winegrowing approach as pragmatic, their commitment to working closely with the land is obviously from the heart and soul.
The heart of the domaine is Chorey-lès-Beaune, where the Tollot family has excellent success with charming Pinot Noir that offers good value. "Our mindset is to work hard to develop a rhythm with nature to care for the vines," says Nathalie Tollot, one of the current generation of owners.In Chorey-les-Beaune, the land is flatter, with some heavy clay soils and more humidity, so the vineyards need more work. We’re proud of this region because of the success we’re having with wines from this area; they offer good quality and value. The south side is gravelly, which produces fruity style wines, while the north side yields wines with more body. Yet, both are charming and approachable, with supple raspberry and red fruit character.”
The Pinot Noir grapes are destemmed, but not crushed or cold soaked, and a selected yeast culture is sometimes added to the must. Fermentation takes place immediately in a combination of stainless steel and cement vats at a maximum of 32° C. During fermentation, both remontage (pump-over) and pigeage (punch-down) are used to re-suspend the cap of skins and extract aromas, flavors, color and tannin into the wine. The total cuvaison (fermentation and extended maceration) is between 10 and 15 days. After pressing, the wines are transferred to barrels for malolactic fermentation and an average of 18 months of aging. The villages red wines receive about 25 percent new oak, the premiers crus from 30 to 50 percent and the grands crus about 60 percent; the barrels are used for an average of three years. The oak is selected from François Frères, and the barrels are coopered with medium toast levels to give the wines’ vibrant cherry fruit expression the right amount of toasty, vanilla-scented new-oak.
A good Chorey-lès-Beaune should display aromas and flavors typical of red wines from Beaune with red fruits and flowers coupled with freshness and minerals. Tollot-Beaut is bright and perfumed with red cherries and slightly coarse tannins.
Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Les-Beaune Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.
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