Fixin 2013

An ideal introduction to Fixin and its terroir

Fixin wines are renowned for their density and potent tannins which gives them a good aging potential when properly vinified. The wines of Domaine Pierre Gelin are more elegant and distinguished that most others from this appellation. The Fixin 2011, a blend from several parcels, is rich and harmonious. Its texture has a remarkable finesse and elegance. The average age of the vines is 35 years and the yields are low, around 30 hectoliters per hectare. This delicate wine is an ideal introduction to discover the terroir of Fixin.

About this wine

Region
Burgundy
Sub region
Côte de Nuits
Producer
Domaine Pierre Gelin
Type
Red
Varietals
Pinot Noir
Vintage
2013
Wine style
Fresh, Fruity, Silky, Medium-body
When to Drink
Enjoy over the next 5 years
Availability
Coming in September
Case size
12

Brilliant garnet red color of medium intensity. Nose of red fruit and spices with a unique hint of mint. On the palate flavours of red berries and sweet spices dominate the attack. Everything is where it should be, tasty and elegant at the same time. The tannins are firm, but not rigorous. Aromas of cherry stone and liquorice stimulate the taste buds on the finish.

Roasted poultry (capon, chicken) and game birds (pheasant, quail, duck).

Clay and limestone

The grapes for this wine come from several parcels in Fixin. Very selective de-budding and manual leaf-thinning. Vineyard plowed and fertilized with organic compost

Complete de-stemming and selective sorting of the fruit. Cold maceration for a few days followed by alcoholic fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged in oak barrels for 20 months. After bottling the wine is aged in the cellars for one year before becoming released

 

CAD$51.50

CAD$618.00 per case

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About the producer

Domaine Pierre Gelin

A family that respects the environment and Burgundian traditions

Located in the Côte de Nuits between Marsannay and Gevrey Chambertin, this property operates more than twelve acres of vineyards in the Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin appellations. Stephen Gelin made his first vintage here in 1969 and now runs the property with his son, Pierre-Emmanuel. To ensure a supply of high quality fruit father and son pay particular attention to their cultivation methods. The fertilizers used on the soil are all natural and come from organic agriculture, and work on the vines, such as selective pruning or leaf removal, is performed manually. The Gelin family’s traditional approach to winemaking produces remarkable, well-structured wines whose qualities are fully revealed after a few years of aging.

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About the region

Côte de Nuits in Burgundy

Ideal conditions for Pinot Noir

The Côte de Nuits vineyards stretch 22 kilometres from the northern communes of Fixin and Marsannay to the southern villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin (which form part of the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation). The most prestigious appellations and wines, however, are found in the middle: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Échezeaux, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, and Charmes-Chambertin. Interspersed between villages are dozens of valley-side vineyards where the soil is made of marl, hard limestone and loamy scree – conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. Rows of premiers and grands crus line the middles and tops of exposed, sunny hillsides.

The conditions for growing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits are exceptional. The terroirs are made up of high quality soils and sub-soils and the difficult climatic conditions challenge the vines, ensuring the finest fruit. But the winemakers’ contributions cannot be overlooked, as they’ve spent centuries learning to master this demanding and finicky grape.

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