Red Burgundy: Pierre Andre

The Maison Pierre André was created in 1923 based on the love of founder Pierre André’s love of the vine. The Château de Corton was then re-baptized when purchased in 1927 as the ‘Château de Corton-André’. Today, the illustrious manor now shelters the wines underground and houses the offices of the business. This domaine is at the heart of many famous ‘climats’ in Burgundy, which covers over 50 hectares or 125 acres. The maison is also the largest purchaser of barrels at the Hospice de Beaune auctions, because they are able to both oversee the élèvage, bottling and labeling for private customers around the world.
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir Reserve Vielles Vignes 2009

    The Bourgogne Pinot Noir from Pierre André is sourced from a blending of Pinot Noir from various Burgundy vineyards, mainly from villages of the Côte de Beaune (Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix, Savigny and Beaune). Soils are all argilo-limestones with a dominant of clayey marl because located in the Côte de Beaune. The plots of land are rather situated at the bottom of hill and on the plain, with the vineyards on average 40 years old. At first impression, you notice very mature fruit aromas and the wine presents an intense and dark, black-cherry color. The nose has expressive ripe red berries aromas, with hints of vanilla and licorice, with notes of spice: pepper and cinnamon. The wine shows concentration on the palate, with fleshy texture and body, and smooth, silky tannins.

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    • Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2009

      The ‘Hautes Côtes de Beaune’ appellation consists of the vineyards at the top of the hills above the vineyards along the Côte de Beaune. These are a little more exposed to the elements and exposed to harsher weather. These vineyards typically produce wines a little lighter and slightly less complex than their lower neighbors, but are typically a very good bargain, being two-thirds to half the price of the village appellation, yet are considered a better appellation than a simple Bourgogne Rouge from the area.

      Over half of this wine is aged in oak, in 1 to 5 year old barrels allowing complexity from the barrel without the excess tannin. Lovely garnet in color, the wine has a very fruity nose of red cherry with hints of vanilla and violets. Very smooth on the palate with good fruit, this wine’s complexity and length make you think of something more expensive. It typically is more open and fruity than their Hautes-Côtes de Nuits bottling, with slightly less tannin as well. ‘Les Forges’ is their proprietary name for this cuvée, taken from a number of different vineyards.

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      • Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2009

        The Hautes-Côtes de Nuits from Pierre André exhibits a medium garnet color with aromas of ripe red and black fruits, a touch of spice, and hints of iron and leather. On the palate it shows lots of texture from ripe fruit, hints of spice, and moderately firm tannins that add to its very good length on the palate. This wine is deeper in flavor and aroma than its Beaune cousin, showing more depth of flavor due to the iron-rich soil typical of the Côtes de Nuits.

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        • Ladoix 'Clos des Chagnots' 2009

          The Ladoix ‘Clos des Chagnots’ Rouge from Pierre André exhibits very nice garnet color with aromas of red fruits, leather, iron, and flowers. On the palate it shows a medium body, with texture from ripe fruit, iron minerality, and a touch of old oak. What is exceptional about this wine is its balance between fruit and tannins, and its expression of richness from a medium body. A very good example of the northern Côte de Beaune red. The vineyards are where the iron soil of the Côtes de Nuits meets the chalky soils of the Côte de Beaune, so it is lighter that the reds more north with some of their aromas and flavors and more delicate like those of Beaune.

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          • Chassange-Montrachet 2009

            This vineyard borders Le Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard on the south side and is only one-fifth the size of Le Montrachet on the Chassagne side (at one third the price, too). The vineyard has very few owners, and many don’t have enough juice to bottle it as ‘les Blanchots 1er Cru’, so this is almost as rare as a monopole (single owner of a specific vineyard). The wine is very aromatic and rich on the nose with hints of lemon, lime and mineral. The oak is quite well integrated and shows excellent texture, minerality, and complexity. The finish is quite long, with more crisp lemon and lime, with a creaminess at the end. A big, expressive Burgundy to delight any Chardonnay drinker. This shows why Burgundy is still the King of Chardonnay.

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            • Savigny-les-Beaune 2009

              This Savigny-les-Beaune’ Clos de Guettottes' Rouge from Pierre André is from a monopole, that is, Pierre-Andre is the only owner of this vineyard. It exhibits very nice garnet color with aromas of red cherry fruit, leather, and chalky soil. On the palate it shows a medium body, with texture from ripe fruit, a touch of old oak and sturdy tannins. This wine in its youth tends to tip the balance towards tannin, until a little aging brings them into harmony. A very good example of the northern Côte de Beaune red, it shows a chalkier minerality in the mid-palate.

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              • Gevrey-Chambertin 2009

                There is no other appellation in Burgundy that is as dominated by one single Grand Cru as is Vougeot. Of the village of Vougeot, the Clos du Vougeot vineyard accounts for over seventy-five percent of the acreage, and comprises 125 acres. The fame of the vineyard dates back to the Cistercian.

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