Cheverny Rouge "La Gravotte"
95% Pinot Noir/5% Gamay. Named for the site, which roughly translates to "little gravelly one", Gravotte comes from a single 1.2-hectare plot of estate vines in the 35-40-year-old range, planted on particuarly stony, flinty clay-limestone soils; it is organically farmed and harvested by hand. As is typical of Tue-Boeuf reds, the fruit goes as whole clusters into huge oak vats for a spontaneous fermentation and a semi-carbonic maceration with a closed top for around 10 to 14 days. The clusters are pressed and the wine finishes with a non-carbonic, open top fermentation in vat. La Gravotte is aged for about 8 months in well-used 400-liter demi-muids and Burgundy barrels and bottled without fining or filtration and with little to no sulfur. It is classified as an AOC Cheverny wine. Since La Gravotte lies within the Clos du Tue-Boeuf estate, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label.