Marsannay is the most northerly village in the Cotes de Nuits, just 6 km to the south-west of Dijon. Here starts the Route des Grands Crus which goes through the Côte d’Or vineyards. It is unique in Burgundy for having AC status for red, white and rose wines. A pale yellow colour leads to a nose of white flowers and lime blossom. A harmonious and well-balanced wine, vinified without oak for a fresher character. A subtle wine with finesse and a good length. It is delicious while still young but a few years of cellaring will make it even more appealing.
Nebbiolo takes it name from 'nebbia', the fog cloaking the hills of Piedmont around harvest time. The village of Barbaresco lies only a little to the north-east of Barolo in Piedmont and produces wines of a similar style and quality. A big, elegant wine of pale colour. Dark cherries and leather with earthy hints, and a rose perfume, a charming, well integrated wine with a long finish. Muscular tannins give the wine a solid backbone. Try this with a fillet steak with mushrooms. The wine will nicely echo the earthy notes of the mushrooms.
The vineyards of Domaine Sainte Rose cover a total of 48 hectares, with planted vineyards amounting to 33 hectares. They spread from the clay/limestone soils found along the banks of the River Thongue up onto the gravelly schist soils of the plateau. Flavours of the Garrigue such as aromatic thyme with jammy, red fruit and spicy, black pepper, make this a wine of enormous character. It is warm and complex on the nose, rich and ripe on the palate. Superb structure and length allows cellaring for another couple of years but enjoy now with pepper steak.