2017 Domaine Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Maranges Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Burghound: 87
Red Wine
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"A slightly more elegant and fresh nose combines notes of equally bright red cherry, currant and pungent earth nuances. There is both good energy and detail to the slightly denser flavors that culminate in a rustic bitter cherry pit-inflected finish. This should also drink well shortly after release." (BH)

Producer note:
Thierry Matrot, who joined his father Pierre at the domaine in 1976 and essentially took over in 1983, is now himself turning over the reins of the domaine to two of his daughters (he has three), Elsa and Adèle; they joined the domaine in 2008 and 2010, respectively. It was with them that I did the tasting this year and they noted that "2017, for the first time since 2009, gave us good yields that were around 50 hl/ha in white and between 40 and 45 hl/ha in red. We started the harvest on the 29th of August with our 1er whites and picked slowly up to the 15th of September as the weather was largely perfect. It also put no pressure on us to hurry the harvest and as such we were able to employ a super-severe sorting regimen so what we kept was caviar. To be clear, what was eliminated was mostly just berries that weren't completely mature though the growing season was hot enough that there was some sunburned fruit which was also important to sort out. As to the wines, we would describe them as early drinking reds but ageworthy whites." I found the quality of the 2017 reds to be basically consistent with what I found elsewhere in the Côte de Beaune. The Matrot sisters noted that the 2017 reds were bottled in November 2018. (BH)

Winery Notes:
The vineyards of Maranges are located at the southern border of the Côte de Beaune. Our vines, 50-80 years old, are located on the top of the hill and are oriented east. Planted in a clay and limestone soil, the wines produced are supple and fruity with concentrated black fruit, structure, with elegant tannins. It is a wine that pairs perfectly with grilled red meats and sauces.