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SommSelect: Domaine Maurice Charleux, Maranges 1er Cru, Pinot Noir, Le Clos des Rois Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2012 - SommSelect

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Domaine Maurice Charleux, Maranges 1er Cru, Pinot Noir, Le Clos des Rois Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2012


Within Burgundy, there are some appellations which, for good reason, garner the most attention. These small areas produce some of the best examples of Pinot Noir we have all tasted in our lives. As we all are too well aware, a decade ago, many of these wines were half the cost, and today many of the wines from the most famous villages are just not worth the price. If you are willing to explore the road less travelled, there are serious values to be found. Today’s offer is a perfect example sourced from the tiny Maranges appellation, which is located in the southern tip of the Côte de Beaune, about a ten minute's drive south of Chassagne-Montrachet. Red Burgundy doesn’t have to be expensive to be good, and the 2012 Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois proves there are still captivating wines to be found. Only a very small amount of this wine is imported each year and we were not able to secure much, so we must limit allocations to six bottles per person.


Domaine Maurice Charleux & Fils is situated in the town of Dezize-les-Maranges. This rural community is dominated by a sea of vineyards that rise and fall on gently-rolling hillsides that surround the town. The town itself reflects the ancient winegrowing culture—it’s filled with stone cellars and winery buildings, as well as ancient, architecturally-stunning homes. In this appellation, for four generations, the Charleux family has steadily become Maranges’ unsung hero; those in the know will tell you that this producer far outshines most others in Maranges, and that their wines are reminiscent of those from its more famous neighboring appellations. Though the estate has a rich history that dates back to 1894, today, Domaine Maurice Charleux & Fils is run by Maurice and his son, Vincent. Their vineyards are planted to majority Pinot Noir (85%), followed by Chardonnay (15%), in predominantly clay soils with limestone. The Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois sits at the bottom of a hill with a south and southwestern sun exposure at about 900 feet elevation. The 2012 vintage was a particularly small yield, which ultimately produced incredibly intense and concentrated fruit. The predominantly clay soils create a fleshy and complex Red Burgundy that is impossible to stop drinking. It is perfect to drink now.

The 2012 Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois has a concentrated dark ruby core that moves to garnet and light orange reflections on the rim. The nose is powerful with a myriad of just ripened red fruits, such as black cherry, strawberry, ripe red plum, a hint of orange peel, cranberry, fresh wild flowers, wet leaves and crushed stones, without any funk. The palate is classic and generous with a beautiful ripeness of fruit and incredibly polished tannins. The flavors are similar to the nose with the addition of fresh cherry, black tea, forest floor, wet flowers and crushed stones. Decanting is not needed for this wine; just open the wine and pour into a large Burgundy stem at just above cellar temperature. Although this wine is drinking deliciously now, keep in mind that it will also age gracefully for the next three to five years, so don’t be afraid to forget about a few in your cellar. A classic dish I cook often this time of year is Coq au Vin, a traditional Burgundian dish made with chicken—slow cooked with red wine in one large pot. This is one of the best recipes I have found that only uses dark meat, which tends to stay moist while cooking. Make sure to double the recipe and invite plenty of close friends to enjoy a spring evening drinking Burgundy.
Domaine Maurice Charleux & Fils is situated in the town of Dezize-les-Maranges. This rural community is dominated by a sea of vineyards that rise and fall on gently-rolling hillsides that surround the town. The town itself reflects the ancient winegrowing culture—it’s filled with stone cellars and winery buildings, as well as ancient, architecturally-stunning homes. In this appellation, for four generations, the Charleux family has steadily become Maranges’ unsung hero; those in the know will tell you that this producer far outshines most others in Maranges, and that their wines are reminiscent of those from its more famous neighboring appellations. Though the estate has a rich history that dates back to 1894, today, Domaine Maurice Charleux & Fils is run by Maurice and his son, Vincent. Their vineyards are planted to majority Pinot Noir (85%), followed by Chardonnay (15%), in predominantly clay soils with limestone. The Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois sits at the bottom of a hill with a south and southwestern sun exposure at about 900 feet elevation. The 2012 vintage was a particularly small yield, which ultimately produced incredibly intense and concentrated fruit. The predominantly clay soils create a fleshy and complex Red Burgundy that is impossible to stop drinking. It is perfect to drink now.

The 2012 Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois has a concentrated dark ruby core that moves to garnet and light orange reflections on the rim. The nose is powerful with a myriad of just ripened red fruits, such as black cherry, strawberry, ripe red plum, a hint of orange peel, cranberry, fresh wild flowers, wet leaves and crushed stones, without any funk. The palate is classic and generous with a beautiful ripeness of fruit and incredibly polished tannins. The flavors are similar to the nose with the addition of fresh cherry, black tea, forest floor, wet flowers and crushed stones. Decanting is not needed for this wine; just open the wine and pour into a large Burgundy stem at just above cellar temperature. Although this wine is drinking deliciously now, keep in mind that it will also age gracefully for the next three to five years, so don’t be afraid to forget about a few in your cellar. A classic dish I cook often this time of year is Coq au Vin, a traditional Burgundian dish made with chicken—slow cooked with red wine in one large pot. This is one of the best recipes I have found that only uses dark meat, which tends to stay moist while cooking. Make sure to double the recipe and invite plenty of close friends to enjoy a spring evening drinking Burgundy.





Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Maranges - Côte de Beaune
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak 20% New French
Soil Clay and Limestone
Farming Lutte Raisonée
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Maranges - Côte de Beaune
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak 20% New French
Soil Clay and Limestone
Farming Lutte Raisonée
SommSelect: Domaine Maurice Charleux, Maranges 1er Cru, Pinot Noir, Le Clos des Rois Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2012 - SommSelect SommSelect: Domaine Maurice Charleux, Maranges 1er Cru, Pinot Noir, Le Clos des Rois Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2012 - SommSelect

$30

Buy 4 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Burgundy doesn’t have to be expensive to be good, and the 2012 Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Rois proves there are still captivating wines to be found.”

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