Marsannay

  • RegionCôte de Nuits
  • VillageMarsannay
  • AppellationMarsannay
  • Grape varietyPinot Noir
The Vine
  • Average vine age 30 years
  • SoilClay and limestone
  • Average yield45 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential3-5 years
  • Serving temperature 15-17°
Description
  • Marsannay is the village which marks the northern gateway to the Côte d'Or on leaving Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and home to the Ducs de Bourgogne. This village marks the beginning of the Route des Grands Crus which follows the N6 highway through the Côte d'Or. Wines from Marsannay are generally lively and robust; characteristics that come from the rich iron soil. Marsannay received its Appellation Contrôlée as recently as 1987 in recognition of the consistently high quality of its wine.
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in open vats
  • Ageing
    10 to 12 months ageing in stainless steel vats
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    With a striking garnet robe this wine brings forth freshly picked red and black berry aromas; blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry. It shows the beautiful nature of pinot noir. The palate also echoes more spicy flavors of liquorice. A wine that has a good equilibrium between acidity and fruitiness, perfect to drink now. Tasted January 2007
  • Food Pairing
    Roasted duck - "coq au vin" - lamb stew- mature cheeses


Press review
    • Marsannay rouge 2014 - Burghound.com - April 2016 - 87/100

      A ripe and fresh nose offers up notes of both red and various dark berries that are trimmed in warm earth nuances. There is good verve to the round, supple, forward and easy-going flavors that display a touch of backend rusticity. This frank effort should drink well immediately /2017+ - Allen Meadows

    • Marsannay rouge 2014 - Wine Spectator - February 2016 - 91/100

      From the Côte de Nuits, I was impressed with the Marsannay, showing lovely black cherry flavor on a luscious, juicy frame. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)

    • Marsannay rouge 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2014Fresh, light and fruity with attractive red fruits and soft tannins, it's ready to drink. The aftertaste is fresh and fruity. By Roger Voss (USA)
    • Marsannay rouge 2011 - Wine Spectator - June 2014 - 89/100Black cherry is the main flavor theme, with touches of boysenberry, spice and mineral. Ripe and firm, displaying fine balance and length. Best from 2015 through 2021. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
    • Marsannay 2010 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2012 - 86/100This is fruity, with some structure and pure acidity. It's fragrant and delicious now, bearing raspberry fruit and a light texture. (USA)
    • Marsannay rouge 2009 - Wine Spectator - June 2012 - 89/100Strawberry, cherry and spice flavors hold court in this firm red. A leaner style for the vintage, yet juicy, with a firm grip of tannins. Best from 2014 through 2021. (USA)
    • Marsannay rouge 2009 - Wine Tomas Word Press - December 2012 Nose: raspberries, some cherries, slightly flowery.
      Palate: cherries (morellos) with a distincly sour berry impression, good acidity, slightly hard impression with some tannin.
      By Tomas (Word Press - Sweden)
    • Marsannay rouge 2008 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages - September 2012 - 85/100This red example pours a very pale ruby colour, almost like a deeply coloured rosé. It has a charming and quite seductive nose, layered with scents of damp autumnal woodland and spice, over soft strawberry and raspberry fruit. By Tom Cannavan (UK).
    • Marsannay 2008 - Walesonline.co.uk - December 2011 - "Elegant and bountiful"This Marsannay rouge 2008 has a wonderful perfumed nose. In the mouth the crunchy red fruits have the correct amount of tartness with a little earthy backnote. Long elegant and bountiful.
      http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/columnists/2011/12/10/straight-off-the-vine-neil-cammies-91466-29919501/
    • Marsannay 2008 - International Wine Competition 2011 - May 2011 - Bronze medalSmoke, maraschino cherry, charcoal whiff. Lovely, spicy entry - good fresh tang. Red fruit and then just tightens its grip! Structured but with restraint. Smoke and char on a lovely end.
    • Marsannay 2008 - Brighton & Hove Leader - October 2012 - "Choosing the right wine"Choosing the right wine....The Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2008 has a wonderful perfumed nose. In the mouth the crunchy red fruits have the correct amount of tartness with a little earthy backnote. (UK)
    • Marsannay 2007 - The Daily Telegraph - My Top Ten Easter Corkers by Jonathan Ray - April 2010 - "Silky, soft and juicy"Pinot Noir is a great partner to Easter lamb and this characterful red burgundy, at a reassuringly civilised price, is ideal. From the northernmost village of the Côte d'Or, it is silky, soft and juicy with concentrated red fruit aromas and the customary whiff of the farm. Try it with the rarest of rarest of rare lamb cutlets and redcurrant jelly.
    • Marsannay 2007 - Jamie Goode's Wineanorak - April 2010 - 84/100Fresh sappy, cherryish nose leads to a supple cherry fruit palate. Light, juicy and vibrant but quite grippy.
    • Marsannay 2007 - Burghound.com - April 2009 - 85-87/100A fresh and quite floral nose of earthy and mildly rustic red berry fruit aromas that leads to round, supple and nicely detailed flavors that possess both good intensity and persistence though the finish is a bit dry. 2011+
    • 2006 Marsannay- Wine Enthusiast- October 2009- 88/100:While it's light, this Marsannay, from the northernmost appellation of the Côte de Nuits, gives warm, soft pleasure. The fruit has fresh berry ans sweet jam flavors, followed by a layer of dryness that is not excessive and a attractive lively finish.
    • 2006 Marsannay - The Juice 2009 - Matt Skinner - October 2008:Wine producers since the seventeenth century, Louis Latour are one of the oldest and most respected negociant houses in Burgundy today. Producing a raft of wines from within the boundaries of the Côte d’Or, this robust and utterly drinkable example of Pinot Noir from Marsannay in the extreme north is a cracker. Oozing varietal character and charm, here you’ll find generous cherry and raspberry fruit, smells of game and sweet spice, silky mouth-feel, chewy tannins characteristic of the region, and superb length of flavour.
    • 2006 Marsannay - Jancis Robinson – February 2008 – 15.5 points:Sweet strawberry fruit aromas. Dryish fine tannins. Straightforward - and tannins a little too dry to drink this without food. Drink 2009-11.
    • Marsannay 2005 - Rocky Mountain News - July 15th 2008 - "Terrific example of 2005 vintage"2005 may be the greatest red Burgundy vintage of our lifetimes. A terrific example is 2005 Louis Latour Marsannay, stony and lean, with upfront notes of ripe cherry and a clean, raspberry finish.
    • Marsannay 2005 - Wine Spectator - January 2008 - 90/100Selected by Wine Spectator in its annual top 100 wines of the year:#58
      Lean and solidly built red, despite its ripe cherry notes up front. Tannins and acidity dominate now, but this has stony character and length with loads of mineral in the aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2020.
    • Marsannay 2005 - Burghound.com - April 2007 - 85-87/100An earthy, ripe and relatively somber dark berry fruit nose leads to texture, serious and nicely complex middle weight flavors that possess good balance of the structural elements.
    • 2003 Marsannay - Burghound.com - September 2005 - 86 points :Decidedly fresher and more elegant with bright, indeed almost racy aromas and flavors with a hint of vanilla on the mineral-infused finish. The mineral component is subtle but serves to add a touch of firmness to an otherwise generous and forward style. This is really quite pretty in an assuming fashion. 86/now
    • 2002 Marsannay - La Revue du Vin de France - February 2006 :Medium robe, unreserved bouquet, ripe berry notes, spicy, clean and direct. Very fruity palate, with a certain structure. Traditional style, well defined, can be enjoyed now.
    • 2002 Marsannay - Wine Spectator - May 2005 - 85 points :Shows a cherry note, with earth and forest floor accents. Lively, but rustic tannins dominate the finish.
    • 2000 Marsannay - Burghound.com - April 2003 - 84 points :Light ruby color with notes of raspberry and red cherries followed b light, easy, delicious, unpretentious flavors with enough complexity and length to be interesting. There is light yet ripe structure on the finish. Really very pretty and perfect for light dinners or summer sipping. 84/2004-7.
    • Marsannay rouge 1999 - Wineanorak.com - September 2012 - "Very good"Pale coloured. Appealing herby cherry fruit nose. Nice savoury edge to the cherry fruit on the palate. Tasty in a light style. Very good. By Jamie Goode (UK).
    • 1999 Marsannay - The Sunday Time - March 2003 :Almost the first wine village on the Côte d'Or you come to south of Dijon, Marsannay is best known for the sprightly rosés it produces. The lighter, almost earthy reds can be good here, too, if the wine producer has aimed for concentration. Louis Latour certainly has and I much enjoyed this 1999's bold, leaf mould-scented fruit with plenty of young, crunchy beetrooty fruit to the fore.
    • 1999 Marsannay - Blackpool Gazette - June 28th, 2003 :He has a pleasantly intense bouquet of red summer fruits, and a palate as smooth as peach skin.
    • 1999 Marsannay - Jancis Robinson.com - February 8th, 2003 :Full, sweetish Pinot Noir with lots of fruit. A red burgundy that is delightfully easy to drink now.
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