Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey Cote de Beaune 2008
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Over the years Chorey has often worn the label of Côte de Beaune Villages as it was easier to sell that way. Recently the Chorey label has become more popular with enthusiasts seeking value with pinot noir typicité - driven in the main by the quality of producers like Tollot-Beaut. The 24 hectare domaine of Tollot-Beaut sits modestly in the centre of Chorey-lès-Beaune. The use of oak at this domaine is worth comment as it has always been regarded as being on the generous side, but today it is to quite a subtle effect; there is no toast, rather there is padding out of the palate, an extra fatness and apparent richness that makes seemingly 'glossy' wines - it makes the wines very attractive in their youth with no apparent downside from ageing. The villages and regional wines stay in barrel for 16-18 months, and receive ~20% new oak, the quantity of new oak reaches a maximum of ~60% for the grand crus. Nathalie explains that the philosophy behind their oak regime is about cleanliness of winemaking, not oak flavour, she chooses barrels from Francois Freres, with a mix from the forests of Alliers and Bertranges.
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Wine SpectatorBright black cherry flavors, with hints of tar and spice, are married to a light-bodied frame. This is open and accessible now, with balance and moderate length. Drink now through 2015. 250 cases imported.