Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Francis Lechauve L'Eveil des Sens Hautes Cotes de Beaune is a beautiful Pinot Noir from Burgundy! Francis Lechauve is truly a modest man who lets his wines do the talking. He grew up in the small picturesque winemaking town of Meloisey, a couple of kilometers north of St Romain, and started working in the vineyards, helping out his neighbor at the age of 12. All of his vineyards are harvested by hand and during harvest his workers have a well-merited "casse-croute" (essentially everyone breaks bread together). His grapes are sorted once in the field and again in the winery. For his reds he uses 20-35% new oak as to not overpower his wines and of course only indigenous yeasts.
L'Eveil des Sens Hautes Cotes de Beaune comes from vineyards in Meloisey, a commune well known for the quality of their HCB. The area has soil similar to Pommard and makes for very rich and concentrated wines. Average age of vines is 50 years. Mr. Lechauve works the domaine's 8 hectares himself, doing the tractor work himself. As is tradition, he does not prune until after the St. Vincent (after January 25th.) This wine was aged for 12 months in oak barrels, 15% new. It is already approachable and will reward 10-12 years in cellar.
Enjoy L'Eveil des Sens Hautes Cotes de Beaune with roast pork, grilled salmon, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.