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Domaine Régis Rossignol Changarnier

Sticking with a traditional approach means not following the fickle lead of fashion. It’s a philosophy made flesh in Régis Rossignol, who has seen more than his share of winemaking fads come and go since his first harvest – in 1950.

For 16 years, Régis worked with his parents at a family domaine with generations of history, before striking out on his own in 1966 and accumulating seven hectares of vineyards in Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Savigny-les-Beaune and Meursault.

Not that he allows tradition to enslave him – Régis has given all his wines a light filtration since 1995 – but, where necessary, he’s more than happy to stick to his own course. Destemming is used extremely sparingly and not at all in the Premiers Crus, adding a peppery dimension and making these wines that reward a little patience.

To this end, Rossignol wines are kept in their cellars for at least three years prior to release, allowing tannins to soften and integrate, while a limited use of new oak lends them perfect poise and allows the full expression of the vineyard to come through in the glass.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Beaune Les Theurons 11 Rossignol 6/75

    Transparent red colour. Musky, chocolaty fruit; slightly mature-smelling. Real development of fruit aroma in the glass over time. On the palate, sweet, delicate fruit, slightly gamey. Excellent length, subtle fruit, light tannin.

  2. Volnay 10 Rossignol-Changarnier 6/75

    The nose is a fantastic combination of cherry and rosehip fruit with delicious gamey/spicy/nutty complexity. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and elegant with bright acidity, fine tannin and a complex finish. As befits its septuagenarian winemaker, this is a wonderful traditional Volnay.

  3. Bourg Pinot Noir 13 Rossignol 6/75

    Beautifully bright, light, ruby Pinot colour. Wild strawberries on the nose with amazing purity, 12.5% alcohol, and lightness of touch which really speak of a cool climate. Looking for Burgundian elegance? – this is it. However, this wine is no shrinking violet and has fine tannins and high acidity. Some will find this austere on its own, but it really refreshes the palate if drunk with food.

  4. Volnay 1er Cru 11 Rossignol-Chang 6/75

    Savoury but with intense fruit that opens up with aeration. Slight element of mineral/gritty character displayed by the village level Volnay. Greater intensity of fruit, which persists excellently on the palate, and balanced, fine-grained tannin. Smokey/savoury character on finish. Superb.

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