Our appellations

Blagny 1er cru Sous le Puits

Location:

This terroir lies close to the hamlet of Blagny bordering the Meursault appellation.

The plot has an easterly exposure and lies at a height of 350 metres at the top of the hillside of Puligny-Montrachet. The soil is deep clay-limestone.

The Pinot Noir vines, among the oldest on the domaine, were planted in 1946 at a density of 10,000/ha. Surface area, 0.205 ha.


Cultivation:

Pruned and trained on the Cordon de Royat system, disbudded in spring, the vines are carefully managed. Soil-working (earthing-up, de-earthing, harrowing) is done mechanically. During the summer, disease controls are applied sparingly. In July leaf-thinning is carried out. With these old vines, green thinning of the grapes ("vendanges en vert") is not required.


Vinification:

After maturity has been carefully checked, the grapes are harvested and taken to the vatting house in small bins. On a vibrating sorting table, insects and withered fruit are eliminated. From there the grapes fall onto a conveyor belt on which the grapes are picked over to remove sub-standard bunches by a team four to six strong. All stalks are removed and the grapes are taken to the vat by conveyor belt.

After 3-5 days of cold maceration, alcoholic fermentation begins.

During active fermentation, cap-punching takes place three times a day.

Once fermentation has slowed down, refining begins. The juice is tasted daily. After 15 to 20 days, the marc is put through the press and the resulting juices are cleared and transferred to barrels by gravity. The whole cuvée goes into 228-litre barrels all of which have previously been used for one vintage. These casks are made by local coopers. We choose fine-grained staves from the forests of the Allier, the Cher, or the Vosges massif..

After 12 months' maturation on fine lees the wines are blended and kept for several months in stainless steel tanks. Finings may then be added before the wines are bottled without filtration.


The wine:

Our Blagny "Sous le Puits" has a deep, intense garnet hue. The bouquet is powerful and spicy. In the mouth, no shortage of structure. The wine is firm but well-balanced.

This cuvée yields some 1,000 bottles.

It may be drunk young but will profit from laying down for anything from 5 to 15 years.

Enjoy it, served at 12°-15°C, with a nice piece of local wild boar.

* Alcohol abuse endangers your health. Drink only in moderation.

DOMAINE LARUE : Fine burgundies - 21190 SAINT AUBIN
Téléphone: 03 85 36 62 09 - Fax: 03 85 36 66 45 - E-mail: dom.larue@wanadoo.fr - Internet: http://www.larue-vins.com

Domaine Larue, 32, rue de la Chatenière, Saint-Aubin, en Côte de Beaune (Côte-d’Or), Bourgogne. Vins de Bourgogne, premiers crus, Chardonnay, Pinot noir.