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.
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
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.
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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