Domaine Rougeot Bourgogne Blanc Grandes Gouttes
Color/Style: White, Medium Bodied
Pierre-Henri Rougeot has been quietly producing impeccable minimal intervention, low-sulphur wines since he returned to the family Domaine in 2010.
Today, the Rougeot vineyards are farmed organically, and Pierre-Henri’s no sulphur vinification effortlessly balances a natural wine approach with traditional Burgundian technique to create wines with energy and balance. Each individual terroir is bottled separately though often there is a bottling with a small addition of sulphur and one with zero added.
This lieu-dit is situated 500m from Meursault-Charmes and delivers a wine of complexity well above its appellation.
Vinification is done with natural yeasts, with élevage in a mix of new and old barrels. Marc often experiments with different types of wood such as chestnut and acacia. Minimal SO2 added at bottling, minimal use during fermentation and élevage depending on vintage. “Les Grandes Gouttes” is handpicked; the grapes are sorted in the vineyard on the Domaine’s sorting table. After being pressed, it begins its alcoholic fermentation in a concrete vat. It is then pumped into French oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. A small percentage of 5% new oak is used for this “Les Grandes Gouttes” bringing a desirable freshness. The wine matures in oak barrels for 18 months, delivering a nice textural and round body to the wine.