2017 Francois Rousset-Martin Vin de France Pinot Noir Voyage au bout de nuits
The name of this bottling is a play on the novel Voyage au bout de la nuit by Louis-Ferdinand Céline and the fact that this wine is made with grapes from one end of (“au bout de”) the commune of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
François first caught the wine-bug growing up in Burgundy where his father was a micro-biologist for the Hospices de Beaune. His current work is most focused on making previously inconceivable wines within the Château Chalon appellation, labeled as Côtes du Jura since he makes them in a non-oxidative (ouillé or topped-up) style. Vinified by climat with little to no sulfur and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the Rousset wines are complex and persistent, falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral and delicate, exotic and savory.