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Floral notes on the nose with fresh cherry and raspberry on the palate, typical of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, where Chevrot grows the fruit. The finish is bright and refreshing, and shines with rich food.
One third of the fruit is saignées from the Bourgogne Rouge, one third is a quick maceration of villages and 1er cru reds, and the last third comes from the direct press juice of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Pinot Noir. All the different musts are barrel-fermented separately (in barrels 10-13 years old), and all fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts. Blending is done in December, and the wine is bottled in the second week of January with a sterile filtration (preferred to SO2).
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"Burgundy certainly doesn’t have to bother with pink wine these days, but thank goodness winemakers like Pablo Chevrot do. Based in Maranges, at the very south of the Côte d’Or, Chevrot makes the best of less familiar terroir, a savvy move in these scant-supply, price-gouging days. Sakura is a mix of fruit from organic parcels he uses for his village and premier cru wines, plus a bit from the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune—grapes that otherwise could be earning a lot more money as red wine. This is the quintessence of pinot in rosé form; it exudes toasted spice and a dried-leaf autumnal aspect—the nuance that Burgundy still does best."
—Jon Bonné, The 25 Essential Wines of 2017, December 2017