- Domaine René Engel
- Pinot Noir
- 2010 - 2020
- Case size
Fleshy yet semi-restrained at this stage, this elegant offering is nicely perfumed with floral notes, red currant, and ripe black cherry fruit. Long finish. Drink: 2012 - 2020+
Burghound, January 2006,
Spicier still with notably ripe and earthy black fruit with the same underlying sense of warm earth and hints of iron and underbrush that lead to rich, sweet and impressively complex flavors that offer lovely detail and fine length. There are more sophisticated tannins than usual and I like the fine sense of balance and seductive Vosne spice. Drink: 2010
Domaine René Engel
Domaine René Engel is between Nuits St. George and Gevrey-Chambertin, in the heart of one of the smallest communes but also one of the most prestigious, that René Engel founded the Domaine that bears his name. In 1981 Philippe Engel took over the domaine following his father's death. Philippe cares for thevineyard by replanting dead vine stock, purifying soil impoverished by potassium and reducing yields by means of a very severe selection of grapes using a sorting table. In the realm of vinification, he has replaced old barrels and has introduced more frequent racking. Light filtering has allowed him to produce more expressive wines gaining a reputation as fat, authentic and elegant. Recently joined by his brother Frédéric, Philippe believes in the terroir as well as producing quality wines with structure and personality.
One of two Grand Crus within the Flagey-Echezeaux area right in the heart of the Cote de Nuits. Relatively large and consequently diverse for a Grand Cru, the better Echézeaux wines undoubtedly deserve this status. As always in Burgundy vineyard location and grower is critical.