This is refined Pinot Noir that won't fade in a carafe, so don't hesitate to decant, and make sure to use a large glass.
The wine is a sunlit crimson in the glass, with flashes of ruby when the wine is swirled. Cool, airy, red and black fruit aromas of strawberry preserves, black cherries, and sun-warmed raspberries emerge on the nose, along with suggestions of jasmine, Morel mushrooms, and applewood smoke as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy, layered, and velvet textured, with a succulent and concentrated core of red and black fruit flavors that echo the nose, all of which are framed by fine, tart berry fruit acidity, and a sneaky seam of limestone minerality throughout a limitless finish. This is a perfect example of the kind of Burgundy that motivates winemakers around the world to try their hand at Pinot Noir. About this wine producer: Denis Carré founded his estate in 1975 by purchasing a small collection of vineyards and building a modest winery in Meloisey, a village in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. Over four decades, the estate has expanded to include tiny holdings in Meursault, Pommard, Auxey-Duresses, Savingy-lès-Beaune, Saint Romain and Beaune - twelve hectares in total spread out over nearly seventy (!) parcels. In 2008, Denis's children Gaetane and Martial joined estate on a full-time basis (and in doing so, doubled the number of employees of the estate from two to four). In 2013, the family completed a full renovation and expansion of their winery. Today, Martial is in charge of the farming and winemaking, while Gaetane manages the business affairs; Denis and his wife Bernadette are still active in the vines and cellar. "Technically on paper," Gaetane jokes, "my parents are retired. But they are the best employees we have: they're always available and they work for free!"