2016 Santenay 1er Cru Gravieres, Lucien Muzard et fils, Burgundy, France

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In 2005 Muzard went organic in their vineyards and gained certification for biodynamic farming with the 2008 vintage. Their decision to work biodynamically was taken to sustain and improve the health of their land. It has also had a noticeable effect on the wines as the quality and complexity has evolved beautifully over the years.

Intensely crimson, this is a very aromatic wine, with delicious notes of blackcurrant, blackberries, and almonds. The mouth is ample and powerful with moderately formed tannins. Beautiful length in this wine, which will improve for several more years.

The average age of the vines is 55 years. Pinot Noir grape variety grown on clay and chalky soil with Cordon de Royat pruning. Harvesting is all carried out by hand in small cases of 10 kgs, Reducing vine yields and adoption of some modern winemaking techniques has resulted in spotlessly pure, great value Burgundy. They started using conveyor belts rather than pumps to keep crushing to an absolute minimum as well as acquiring a new temperature controlled fermentation facility with new wooden vats and a brand new precision controlled press. In 2005 they also converted to managing the vineyard organically and gained certification for biodynamic farming in 2008.