This review of Domaine Marc Roy should have been posted earlier but fate had other plans. En route from Paris to Columbus, two weeks back, American Airlines and United Airlines joined forces and managed to break one of the two bottles under review today. Luckily and quite to my surprise, winemaker and owner, Alexandrine Roy, was kind enough to provide me another sample of the “Cuvée Alexandrine”. Regardless of the circumstances, I’d say the timing is befitting. I am now toasting to the New Year, honoring once again the women vintners of France, with this, my first post of 2010!
Alexandrine was eager to participate in The Grand Crew’s Wine Library TV debut, featuring Gary Vaynerchuk, back on December 9th. However, we were already booked solid with six women vintners. So I offered to review some of her wine for The Grand Crew wine community. The two wines being reviewed today are the 2007 “Clos Prieur” and the 2007 “Cuvée Alexandrine, both designated Gevrey-Chambertin appellations.
The 2007 “Clos Prieur” comes from a parcel of vines planted on a clay and limestone soil. The grapes are hand picked, fully de-stemmed and slightly crushed before being transferred into vats. The must undergoes a 4-day low temperature maceration at roughly 16 degrees Celsius. This helps to bring out the black and red fruit aromas. The alcoholic fermentation kicks off spontaneously, lasting for 6 days, as the temperature rises to 30 degrees Celsius. During the alcoholic fermentation punching down (pigeage) and pumping over are done twice a day, to ensure the proper extraction of phenolic and aromatic compounds. The punching down is still done manually, respecting this long standing Burgundian tradition. And by manual I mean feet! The grapes are then pressed and the free-run wine and pressed wine are combined and placed in 70% new French oak barrel to age for 12 months. The wine is filtered just before bottling.
The 2007 “Cuvée Alexandrine” is a carefully scrutinized, low-production wine. The particularity of this wine is that although the soil composition is also a combination of clay and limestone, the grapes come from a special selection of six of Alexandrine’s favorite parcels. Additionally, the grapes are hand-picked only by the Roy family. This is truly a labor of love. From this point the fermentation and maceration are similar to the “Clos Prieur” except for the extraction, which is a little less invasive. The punching down and pump-overs are carried out on an rotating basis, instead of both extraction methods being done twice a day. Another key distinction is that only free-run wine is used. The pressed wine is completely separated. The wine is then aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak and 50% one-year-old French oak. The wine is also filtered just before bottling.
2007 Domaine Marc Roy “Clos Prieur” Gevrey Chambertin
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in the glass. 13.5% ABV. A slightly subdued yet very pretty floral nose with red and black fruits coming out, notes of black cherries and a subtle hint of minerality, spices and oak. Ripe and juicy fruits on the palate, this wine is medium to full-bodied with a vibrant acidity, supple tannins and a silky texture. There are flavors of black cherries, followed by hints of dark chocolate on the finish.
Price: 25€ @ Domaine Marc Roy (available in the US at Skurnik Wines)
2007 Domaine Marc Roy “Cuvée Alexandrine” Gevrey Chambertin
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in the glass. 13.5% ABV. A fresh and fruity nose with notes of black cherries and spice and a very subtle hint of wintergreen. The medium tannins and refreshingly juicy acidity are well-balanced in the mouth. Overall the flavors are rich and slightly jammy with notes of sour cherries, blackberries, plum and spice.
Price: 32€ @ Domaine Marc Roy (available in the US at Skurnik Wines)