Michel Gay et Fils Beaune-Coucherias 1er Cru 2018

MXN $2370

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

Appellation: Beaune-Coucherias 1er Cru AOP

Region: Bourgogne, France

You’ll taste/smell:Medium-bodied, dry. Very pure red fruit in the cherry range with a heady minerality under it that lends depth and length. This parcel sits on very shallow topsoil and picks up the limestone qualities pretty profoundly which pairs nicely with the ripe fruit and balanced acidity.

Good to have it with: Roasted lamb and beef, or pan seared duck, roast turkey, and chicken. Make it a special dinner night.

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Wine Details

1er Cru Beaune-Coucherias Rouge is made with 50-year-old vines planted on a south-facing hill.

Alcohol Grade: 13%
Aging/ Vinification: Fermentation is done in 20% new barrels and then aged in oak for 18 months. Instead of releasing immature products to the market, the winemaker keeps his wines in the cellar until he thinks they’re ready.
Aging capacity: 15+ years
Best to have it: 15-18ºC. Uncork an hour or two before enjoying to let this wine open up so you can get the most out of it.
Size: 750ml

The Winery: Michel Gay et Fils

Michel Gay began in 1992 when he and his brother split up their family estate that had been in operation already for a century and decided to go it alone. Beginning with a meager 6.5 hectares in 92, the domaine has grown a bit to just over 10 hectares today. Beginning with the 2000 harvest, the fifth generation winemaker, Sébastien Gay returned to the domaine following his studies in Beaune and immediately set about improving things.

The first thing Sébastien did was to eliminate all herbicides in the vineyards and convert to an organic approach. He lives in his vineyards and tends each vine with exacting detail.

This small estate in the Cote de Beaune is comprised of vines that average more than 40 years old with many parcels coming in over 60 years of age. Holdings include the always exceptional Chorey‐ les‐Beaune, Aloxe‐Corton, Savigny‐les‐Beaune 1er Crus Serpentières and Vergelesses, three premier crus in Beaune, Toussaints, Coucherias, and Greves, as well as a small plot of Corton in the Renardes vineyard. Recently, Sébastien planted a very small parcel in Coucherias to Chardonnay that has yielded very promising results already.

The past decade since Sébastien Gay has taken over his family domaine has seen an incredible rise in quality here thanks to his efforts both in the vineyards and the winery and today, boasts a lineup of wines that are simply extraordinary.

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