RULLY 1er CRU, Clos du Chapitre Rouge
Pinot Noir 100%
The Clos du Chapitre is a monopoly, located on the appellation Chapitre and entirely closed with a stone wall. This plot of more than 1 hectare is located just behind the family house.
As for the Préaux, the yield is controled by a severe pruning, disbuddings (and green harvest if necessary). Here also, with the sorting we only keep the most beautiful clusters.
The fermentation lasts between 2 and 3 weeks with daily pumping-over and punching of the cap. Then the wine is aged in oak barrels (50% are new) during 15 to 18 months. A very light filtration is made before bottling so a light sediment may deposit.
Fine, elegant and structured, the Clos du Chapitre shows the very burgundian style of Pinot noir. The structure of this wine gives him a very good potential for ageing.
(AM=88-90) Here too there is plenty of toast character to the layered mix of pepper, plum, earth and violet scents. There is fine volume to the velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a mildly bitter but sappy finish. The supporting tannins appear to be phenolically ripe so my sense is that the bitterness will gradually dissipate.