2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Bourgogne "Passetoutgrains"

SKU #1136727 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Fabiènne and Gilles Ballorin are behind this new and 100% biodynamically-farmed domaine that was started with the 2005 vintage. 2012 was my fourth visit and the domaine clearly continues to fashion impressive quality emanating from relatively modest appellations. The goal is to craft wine in a minimalist style from their 5 ha of vines that they have put together piece meal with various private investors who want only wine from their investments. Or, as Ballorin so eloquently and aptly puts it: 'My style is to not have a style.' In 2011, Ballorin noted that he was one of the very last to pick as he didn't start until the 15th of September. While he was very happy with the quality of the raw materials, he lamented that he averaged no more than 25 hl/ha, not much in the context of his appellations

K&L Notes

An unusual AOC, Bourgogne Passetoutgrains may contain both Pinot Noir and Gamay, but must contain at least 1/3 Pinot Noir. Unusually, this is 90% Pinot Noir!--since as the vineyard was replanted, it was to that varietal. The average vine age is 55 years. The grapes are both organically and biodynamically grown, and certified as such, in a vineyard known as "En Bollery." It is just across the RN74 from the Grand Cru property, Clos de Vougeot. This wine is open and bright with a very pretty, spicy character. Not a ton of mid-palate, but nice Pinot Noir mouthfeel nevertheless. Tasty! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 3/2013)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
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One of the best Passetoutgrains I have come across. A bright, soft, supple, elegant wine. Very much Pinot Noir dominated flavors and texture with just touch of that crunchy, tart red fruit from the Gammay on the back end. A lovely pure wine that is very approachable now.
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
Cinnamon and I just bought a case of this great Pinot/ Gamay blend. On Monday night we had it with roast chicken and roast potatoes, and it blew us away with its wild black fruit. This is not nearly as austere as other Passetoutgrains that I have had, and was much more like a good quality village wine with its fruit to acid balance. It had plenty of virile rustic cut for the meal, and a very serious finish. I can't wait to do this 12 more times!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.