Grape(s): Pinot noir
Localization: Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Tasting notes: Dark cherry and red berry fruit with subtle spice and French oak. But, shortly behind this initial torrent of aromas, the real treasure awaits: a slowly unraveling floral character and deep limestone-kissed Côte de Nuits soil character. There’s a firm minerality that recalls top-tier Gevrey-Chambertin that marries beautifully to the wine’s more Chambolle-like polish and freshness.
“It’s not every day that one encounters a best-in-village Côte de Nuits red from a producer who specializes in that village for $49.99. This bottle is a must for anyone wishing to experience the pinnacle of quality in Marsannay, from a vineyard that may be the village’s first Premier Cru!”
The Domain: Pierre Bart is the current generation and beating heart of Domaine Bart. Bart’s grandmother is from the same family as Côte de Nuits icon Bruno Clair, and she brought an impressive collection of vines to the table when Domaine Bart was first established in the mid-1900s: small but priceless parcels in Grand Crus Bonnes-Mares and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. Over the years, the Bart family acquired vines in Chambolle and Gevrey, and with them, the capacity to produce an impressive pantheon of powerful, new oak-aged, quite expensive reds that faithfully represent the diversity of top Côte de Nuits terroirs. Still, we feel that Domaine Bart’s strongest suit remains their impressive holdings in Marsannay, and perhaps especially in the vineyard that produced today’s wine: Longeroies.