Jean Claude Rateau Beaune Close de Mariage Rouge 2017
In the 1970s, Jean Claude first started exploring biodynamic farming in his back garden, growing food. So when he decided to become a winegrower in 1979, taking over the family holdings, there was no question about it, everything began with biodynamic production. Jean-Claude has, therefore, the honour of being the very first wine grower in Burgundy to work under biodynamic principles. His part of the walled vineyard “Clos des Mariages” is the first and therefore oldest biodynamic parcel of vines in all of the Cote d’Or.
The 2 ha of family vineyards have been completed with a further 6 ha under long-term rental. The domaine makes wines predominantly within AO C Beaune, with some Hautes Cotes and one parcel in Gevrey Chambertin. Jean-Claude also bottles a 100% Pinot Blanc (authorised in the AO C but rarely practiced) and blends small amounts of the Pinot cousins (Blanc/Gris) into some reds and whites. The AO C Beaune and 1er Cru red wines of Jean-Claude are of stunning fruit purity, which marry perfectly the feminine and masculine qualities of great pinot noir.