Liquid Memory; ROIS MAGES, Rully Blanc Moulin a vent 2016


ROIS MAGES, Rully Blanc Moulin a vent 2016

Looking forward delving into Burgundy (figuratively & literally) this evening with Premier Cru Wines. An excuse to pop (with caution ie Coravin) this beauty which was part of a white Burgundy selection from Wine Cellar.

Rully is a stones throw away from Chassagne-Montrachet & is a real up & coming appellation. ‘Le Cailloux’ is a rock-steenberg single vineyard & Domaine Roos Mages in the town of Rully produces a serious & chiselled beauty… so I’m told! “Anne-Sophie Debavelaere, a native Burgundian, began her domaine in 1984. She farms 7 hectares of vines which are mostly in Rully. Her vineyards are all worked with respect for the land in a fashion known as “lutte raisonnée”. Her winery or “cave de vinification” is a vaulted cellar which was dug from the Rully hillside in 1850. It was originally built by a local negociant who wanted to have a cellar for sparkling wine similar to those in Champagne. Today, it offers Anne-Sophie a wonderful environment in which to mature her wines. Anne-Sophie farms three parcels in Rully, the 1er Cru “Les Pierres” & the two lieux dits “Moulin A Vent” & “Les Cailloux”. Anne-Sophie Debavelaere owns 1.8 hectares in the “Les Cailloux” vineyard. 1.5h are planted to Chardonnay and .3h are planted to Pinot Noir. The vineyard is planted at a density of 8,000 plants per hectare & the vines have an average age of over 50 years. Anne-Sophie further insures quality fruit by severely limiting the yields of her plants with the Chardonnay yielding 40hl per hectare & the Pinot Noir between 30 & 35 hl per hectare. The vineyard descends from a plateau at one of the highest elevations in Rully & offers beautiful views of the Rully valleys below & the Côtes Chalonnaise. As the vineyard name suggests, this “lieu dit” has a great many surface stones. They absorb the sun’s heat during the day & radiate it back to the plants after sunset. She allows natural herbs & grasses to grow between the rows & in the summer it gives her plot the look of a wild garden. The grasses in combination with the rocky soils & dense planting produce an environment where the vines produce few bunches with grapes that are beautifully ripe, concentrated & balanced”

The wine was rich and opulent.. a gorgeously balanced wine – soft white flowers, honey suckle, white peach and pear with a touch of hazelnut.  Great length.   And great value for money.


Bubbles Hyland

Bubbles Hyland

Bubbles Hyland, Well Red Wine Magazine Editor and Founder. Wine is her passion and it's also her job; it engrain every aspect of her life. She aims to make wine accessible, and spread the love and knowledge she has in a fun and approachable manner.

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