-This is a very special Tastevinage white Burgundy with each bottle having its own limited edition number. This is a blind tasting and these select wines are awarded by Burgundy’s top palates and represent the best of the best.
-Prices for Burgundy have skyrocketed as demand has far exceeded supplies and pricing is up dramatically. Burgundy has now had 4 tiny and pretty crops over the last four vintages that have been released.
-We used our economies of scale to purchase this wine, and we were able to bring our customers this amazing Tastevinage selection because the Euro is now so much more attractive.
-2012 is considered one of the greatest, and most delicious vintages in many years and happened to be a very tiny crop.
-Chateau de Rully dates back to the 12th Century and is considered one of the greatest Rully producers with a long and distinguished history. The combination of them and Antonin Rodet which dates back to 1875 makes for exceptional wines.
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Chateau de Rully, Rully Blanc Tasteviné 2012, Antonin Rodet
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
The Clos Vougeot based Order of the Chevaliers du Tastevin annually hold their rigorous tasting competition once a year to select the best wines. This is a wonderful single vineyard Estate 100% Chardonnay from Chateau de Rully which dates back to the 12th Century. Rully is now getting cache in Burgundy as prominent owners like Domaine Romanee Conti’s Aubert de Villaine are growing nice wines in this appellation, which is known for its Chardonnay. This pretty wine is from Chateau de Rully’s penultimate La Bressande monopole. The Chateau is owned by the Count de Terney and his ancestry dates back over 850 years. Their partnership with Rodet (a southern Burgundy house that dates back to 1875) makes for a special wine. 2012 was one of the all-time great vintages in Burgundy and this wine is drinking quite nicely now and will continue to be for several more years. This was a tiny, concentrated vintage with hail and poor flowering causing yields to be down over 30%. A pale gold hue. A nicely finessed palate of dried apricot, pear, melon, lychee, white flowers and honeysuckle. Will pair nicely with oysters, smoked salmon, Bresse Chicken, turbot, trout almandine and Thai cuisine.
By Chateau de Rully
Rully White 2012
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: Burgundy - France
Region: Cote Chalonnaise
Classification: Villages Appellation
After a relatively warm, dry month of March, the new buds started to swell by the end of the month. However the return to cold weather in April cancelled out this early progress: severe frosts damaged the vineyard and destroyed 1% to 5% of the buds in the majority of vineyards. In early May, growth was about one week later than average at a stage of 3 to 4 leaves per branch appearing. Flowering, at its half-way stage took place on about 12th- 15th of June. Much rain fell in June with some severe attacks of mildew, making it very difficult for the growers to respect spraying programmes. With July came cool temperatures which accentuated the difficulties and an important oidium contamination occurred in many vineyards. The colour change of the grapes (veraison) was about 10 days later than normal. Finally in August we experienced high temperatures with little rain. The grape maturation started normally and continued well thanks to a warm, dry month of September.
The grapes are hand harvested then pressed in a pneumatic press. Aged for 10 months, 100% in oak barrels (20% new oak). Already delicious, this wine can age 4 to 5 years.
Visual: Beautiful, pale gold color.
Nose: Grapefruit, dried apricot and flower notes.
Palate: A delicate dry wine with floral, fruit aromas and a toasty touch. Good lingering for a Village.
Food Pairing: Cold cuts. Seafood, shellfish. Hot first courses. Fine fish or white meats with light sauces. Fine, dry cheeses.
Serving Temperature: 12-13’C
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.