Domaine Rapet Pere & Fils Corton Grand Cru Burgundy France 2015 750 mL

Peter Koff MW Wines

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Pedigree:  Ethereal Red Burgundy from the Rapet family that has been crafting beautiful wines from around the Hill of Corton since 1765. The Domaine comprises 20 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-les-Beaune and Beaune. The various climats of Corton offer, for me personally, great value. For those of us who appreciate gentleness and subtlety, perfumed bouquet and a silky mouthfeel in a slightly less forceful package, Corton offers incomparable value, somehow offering everything at a lower price. Coupled with this is the winemaking experience and sensitivity of Rapet and you have transcendent magic! This cuvee is sourced from three climats within Corton; Les Combes, valley, Corton Les Chaumes, a stony plateau, la Voie Rosse, ferruginous soils allowing for excellent drainage. 
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015 - a fine vintage in Burgundy.

Three generations of the Rapet family are involved in all aspects of running the Domaine. Care of the Domaine's vineyards is of utmost importance allowing perfect control of yields to facilitate sublime expressions of their terroirs. Fermentation lasts about 15 days with gentle pigeage (punch downs). The wine is matured in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new. Racking by bellows limits the need for the trauma of pumping and reduces the handling of the wine to create a purer wine.
Alcohol: 13%

Tasting Notes:
Color: Beautiful, pale ruby, pale cherry hues. 
Nose: Hints of forest floor with spiciness, some minerality and savory undertones. Delicate cherry perfume slowly fills the glass as you agitate it. The wine has breeding and the unmistakable authority of a Grand Cru site. Yet the terroir and sensitive winemaking render the wine long, elegant and infinitely nuanced. 
Palate: Lovely balance of fruit, acid and tannin well integrated with subtle oak. Silky mouthfeel.  Finish is long, harmonious, seemingly soft because of the mouthfeel but with adequate structure, palate authority and backbone. A complete wine which coats its power with class. It goes beautifully with food but can also be savored by itself. 
Serving Temperature: 65° F - 70° F
Food Pairing: Pair with lamb loin chops grilled over vine prunings. Game birds, duck and goose will be sublime.