The Fontaine-Saint-Martin vineyard is named for an ancient Cistercian abbey nearby dating to 1127. The hillside of vines was in production for centuries, and more recently tended by Michel and his father for the last 40 years. Gros blended the wine from this plot into an Hautes-Côtes de Nuits until the 2014 vintage, when he determined the terroir was sufficiently distinctive to merit its own cuvée.
The Fontaine Saint Martin is indeed special — its soil is the same mix of marl, clay, and limestone found on the Hill of Corton. The nose is unusually dark and enticing for a Pinot Noir of its pedigree — look for black raspberry, violets, and a whisper of menthol. The mouth is crisp, full, and sturdy, with ripe young tannins that smooth out over a half-hour in the glass. Gros’s signature toasty notes join cassis and dried roses on the palate.
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