DOMAINE LES GUETTOTTES – ALOXE-CORTON
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
The wine story
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lebreuil acquired their aunt’s domain of five acres in 1935. It was subsequently run by their son Pierre who studied at the College of Oenology in Beaune, which is located in the heart of Burgundy. Today grandson Jean Baptiste manages it. He worked in the vineyards with his father but also learned marketing and commerce and travelled to Australia and Argentina for internships in local vineyards.
The domain has since grown to 25 acres in several appellations. The plot of Aloxe Corton called “Les Guettottes” is just one acre. The production is small and produces only 2,400 bottles a year.
The grapes are picked in small crates, sorted, and destemmed. After fifteen days of cold temperature maceration, the wine is fermented for ten days with punching of the cap twice a day. After a light pressing, the wine is kept in casks on lees for fourteen months until filtration and bottling.
This is a powerful wine that will pair well with barbecued beef, meat casseroles and tasty cheese. It would also pair with chicken curry in coconut sauce, quiche with gruyere cheese, and smoked pork.
Burgundy produces some of the finest wines in the world as there is a long tradition of winemaking, an open mind toward better techniques, use of modern equipment, and great care for the environment. The cool climate yields lighter more subtle wines. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are best adapted to this soil and climate. The choice of varietals was made compulsory in 1395 by Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
Black and red berries with a whiff of cinnamon
Fruity flavors of prunes and orange peel. Good tannins and balanced acidity.