Variety: Pinot Noir
Terroir: clay and limestone soil; 70+ yr. old vines
Winemaking: destemmed; aged 20% new barrel, the rest in cement; aged 18 months; bottled and kept in cellar for another 10 months
The Rotys are among the oldest winemaking families in Gevrey-Chambertin: the family estate has existed since 1710 and they have owned and farmed vines in the village since 1817. Today, the Rotys control about 15 hectares of vines, and current winemaker Pierre-Jean Roty represents the 11th generation of Rotys in Gevrey-Chambertin. But [one] should note that back in the autumn of 1996, Roty [said] that he had actually traced his lineage back 14 generations to Philibert Roty, who made wine under the reign of (“the Good King”) Henry IV, who was assassinated in 1610.
-Wines of France