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Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay L'Ancestrale, Cote de Nuits, France 2017

Regular price $ 142.10

The 2017 Marsannay Clos du Roy had been racked a month before my visit and was due to be returned to barrel for another six months. It contains 100% whole bunches - not that you can detect a single stem on the fulsome, generous bouquet of red cherries mixed with strawberry and raspberry. The fresh, vibrant palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and one of the most precise finishes among Pataille’s reds this year. Classy.

93 Pts Neal Martin, Vinous Media