Beaune Premier Cru "Bressandes"
One of the largest Burgundy appellations, of which 95% is red Beaune; the wines are elegant and dark coloured. The Bressandes parcel, located north of Beaune, enjoys a good exposure. It's name, whether of toponymic or anthroponymic origin (a certain canon from the XIIIth century seems to have been called Jean Bressand), is derived from Bresse, whose root is probably Gallic originally designating a humid plot of land.
Red wines vinification : We aim to obtain fruity wines, rich in blended tannins, which is the mark of well ripened grapes. We bring in the grapes in small crates for careful sorting in the winery; a conveyor belt is used for filling the tanks in order to respect the grapes. The fermentation lasts 15 days with pigeages, punching down of the cap, allowing the wine to soak up the richness and the colour from the grape-skins before pressing. Ageing takes place in barrels of which 20 % are new. Racking by the means of a bellow eliminates the need for a pump. All these precautions limit handling of the grapes and the wine as much as possible, thus preserving all the richness.
Les Bressandes are distinguished wines with a velvety finesse. The bouquet is floral, but once in the mouth this wine reveals a distinctive and dense body with a wonderful harmony between acidity and mellowness. The Beaune 1 er cru les Bressandes are at their best between 5 and 10 years old and should be served at a temperature of 15-16°C. They perfectly suit white meat, marinated food and cheese.