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  • 221. Hautes Côtes-de-Beaune AC 2015

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    Jean-Claude Rateau

    100% Pinot Blanc (12% alc.)

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    A real rarity here where 25yo pinot blanc vines give a ripe, citron, floral but very finely chiselled example of the variety. Vinified and aged in older barels for six months. For drinking now to 2017.

  • 222. Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias AC 2012

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    Jean-Claude Rateau

    100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

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    The vineyard, once a quarry that supplied stone for Les Hospices de Beaune, is due south facing, with a subsoil of quarry debris. The vines roots grow deep and bring a coolness and minerality to the warm fruit. A rich, complex and layered wine of lovely balance. For drinking now to 2019+.

  • 223. Beaune AC 2013 Prévoles

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    Jean-Claude Rateau

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Jean-Claude loves the perfumed wine from Prévoles, where the vines are planted right next to the urban sprawl west of Beaune, believing it to be the appellation's 's finest lieu-dit . The soil here is a deep brown with no limestone visible (just at depth), and the 25yo vines planted at 10k vines per hectare, give a very elegant wine, with a soaring perfume, mineral backbone and fine grained tannins from whole bunch fermentation. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 224. Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées AC 2013

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    Jean-Claude Rateau

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Les Reversées is a wine from a parcel of 25 to 100yo vines planted in a soil of brown limestone with quite a lot of clay.It has a very pretty, extremely pale colour, it shows a touch of pepper and liquorice on the nose. On the palate its class is immediately apparent, it has a silky mouthfeel, and the spicy raspberry fruit has good weight and energy, and feels detailed and very harmonious. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 225. Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes AC 2011

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    Jean-Claude Rateau

    100% Pinot Noir (13.5% alc.)

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    From a due east facing steep slope that easily ripens the pinot noir and gives structure and depth as well as elegance, Rateau’s Les Bressandes is from a one hectare parcel of young and 50 year old vines. More substantial that Les Reversées, the lovely weight of red fruit and spices is no less elegant, and finishes very long. For drinking now to 2020+.