Childhood friends Mathieu Moron and Pierre Olivier Garcia began their new venture in 2016 when Mathieu’s father gave him a small parcel of vines in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They bought a house in the centre of Nuits and converted it into a winery. Mathieu and Pierre Olivier work the vines in order to restore biodiversity in the vineyards, something they feel has been lost due to the focus on single-crop farming across the region. Their ‘eco-attitude’ means they experiment with cereals, ploughing, planting trees and even use chickens to graze the land, in an attempt to bring back bees and butterflies to their 0.4 hectares of vineyard. In addition, they source grapes from a network of grower friends with whom they work closely, in order to have as much control over the quality as possible.
Le Clos du Roi was delimited over both the higher-slopes of the Côte de Nuits and, for its lower part, over the Dijon plain. Soils are made of cryoclastic deposits, called 'grèze litées' dating from the late glacial period. A fine mixture of silts, clays and sorted calcareous gravels detached from the Jurassic limestone formations of the Côte. They result in good porosity and permeability conditions regarding water supply for the vines.
2017 had favourable weather conditions throughout. The days alternated between warm and sunshine, and rainy, enabling the vegetative cycle to process perfectly. The sun-drenched grapes were rich in aromatics, making for a very interesting vintage.
The Pinot Noir grapes were 100% destemmed and then macerated for 18 days with one daily pump over by hand. The wine was then fermented in one-year-old oak.
The Marsannay ‘Clos du Roi’ has perfumed aromas of crunchy red fruits and violets. The palate is expressive with bright precise fruit and beautifully balanced with supple tannins and fresh acidity.
|Grape Varieties||100% Pinot Noir
|Winemaker||Mathieu Moron and Pierre-Olivier Garcia|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian|