2017 AOP Maranges 1er Cru 'La Fussière'
Willy purchased these vines in 2015 and began conversion at that point. They only have about 0.15ha of vines here with south/south-west exposure, mid way up hill. The soils are clay and limestone with blue marl underneath, and the vines are 50 years old. 90% whole bunch for 10 days, then aged for one year in old barrels. And only 36 bottles came to Australia!
Cherries and fresh soil. Iron. Deep and compact, serious nose – opposite of pretty and floral. Chocolate gateaux with macerated cherries. A few darker baking spices lingering in the background. Great structure, so much mid palate. Minerals and spice, dark berries. The wine evolves and morphs over time, keeping you coming back for more. Tannins are quite prominent, but soften with time. After time in the glass, darker berries on the nose, with blackberries and very expressive cherries, choc and spice. Warm soil. Texture is full and bright, but more smooth and old school than crunchy. This is more serious and darker in profile than the other reds, but offers a lot of earthy complexity. If you like powerful Burgundy, this is for you.