This is a red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. An unusual feature is that it may, if desired, include in its composition up to 10% of César, a traditional grape of this region. Rich in tannins, lively in colour, the César is a noble grape which lends the wine an interesting personality. Minor differences are observable according to whether a given cuvée is made with Pinot Noir only or includes an element of César. The strong crimson colour of this wine, shading towards dark red, is rich in highlights. The bouquet is bursting with fruit aromas (blackcurrant, Morello cherry, raspberry, blackberry) with sometimes floral, liquorices or pepper notes. On the palate, the tannins melt into a firm and velvety structure. Its acidity is sufficient to ensure excellent keeping qualities.
Irancy, in the Grand Auxerrois region, stands on the right bank of the Yonne river, some fifteen kilometres South of Auxerre and South-West of ChablisIt is typical of the wine-growing villages of the district. It boasts a majestic church, as well as the house where G. Soufflot, architect of the Paris Panthéon, was born. The handsome winemaker’s houses make a fitting setting for a red wine with such a long-established reputation. It was raised to the status of an appellation Village, which it shares with the neighboring villages of Cravant and Vincelottes, in 1999.
The hill-slopes hereabouts form a bowl surrounding the beginnings of a plateau below which runs the river Yonne. The slopes are for the most part composed of Kimmeridgian marls with an admixture of brown limestone soils and here the Pinot Noir grape flourishes at altitudes of 130-250 metres. Exposures vary, mostly southerly or South-westerly. Some terroirs have long been recognized as being of unusual merit.
Red: solid yet charming, Irancy cries out for dishes with strong, meaty flavors. Spare ribs and other barbecued meats will find it an enthusiastic partner because it combines virile tannins with real aromatic power.
Casseroles, of poultry for example, are another worthy match. And it goes without saying that cold cuts and pâtés, faggots and terrines find in Irancy a boon companion, its tannins balance the unctuousness of dishes like these.
The cheese board could include Camembert, Coulommiers, Brie de Meaux, Cantal, Chaource, Langres, Époisses, Soumaintrain…
Serving temperature: 15 to 18 °C.
|A.O.C controlled designation of origin||Appellation Village of the Auxerrois wine-growing region (Yonne).|
|Grape variety||Pinot Noir and 3 to 1o% of Caesar depending on the vintage.|
|Vineyard||It’s the most typical vineyard of the area of Yonne. It has a long story : created by the monk in 11th century in the cirque and the dale in Irancy, it remains the star of the Red Wines of Yonne.|
|Vines||Pinot Noirs and Caesars planted in the 70s|
|Exposure||East exposure with a slope of 35 to 40% and South with a slope of 5%.|
|Vine growing||H.V.E. High Environmental Value|
|Harvest||Manual harvest at optimum maturity, sorting, destemming from 50% to 100% depending on the vintage.|
|Winemaking||Maceration in stainless steel vats, picked daily for a week, pneumatic pressing. Vinification in stainless steel tanks. The spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are controlled at low temperatures and carried out at 100%.|
|Breeding||1/3 of the cuvée is aged in old barrels for 8 to 12 months|
|Aging||from 10 to over 15 years depending on the vintage.|
|Service||13 à 15°C|
|Aspect||A limpid and intense ruby colour|
|Nose||A very expressive nose of cassis, cherries, raspberries and blackberries with a note of undergrowth.|
|Mouth||It is opulent with fine and melting tannins. The wine has a fruity aromatic intensity of cherries and wild strawberries with touches of black pepper. The finish is ample and persistent.|
|Accords||Serve with game, meat pies, pork belly and charcuterie.|
|Tasting||Opulent, delicious mouth, with fine and melted tannins. It expresses a fruity aromatic intensity (cherry, wild strawberry), embellished with spicy notes (licorice, black pepper.)|
|Christy Canterbury Master of wines||92/100 Millésime 2015|
|Millésime 2014||Médaille de Bronze - Millésime 2017|
|Tim Atkin Master of Wine||89/100 millésime 2015|
|Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy||2019|
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