This Cuvée Marie Ragonneau comes from the oldest vines on the Charles Audoin estate in the vineyards of Champs-Salomon, Les Crais, La Pucine, Herbues, and Les Echezeaux. It is meant to be a ‘representation of the village rather than a single vineyard’ and is named after winemaker Cyril Audoin's grandmother who somehow kept the small estate going after her husband died in WWI. Of her, Cyril says, “she continued to work the domaine and is the reason we are still here.” The grapes were de-stemmed, cold macerated and after a 15 day fermentation, aged in 10% new French oak barrels before the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Like most Audoin wines we've tried, this is a very precisely made Pinot Noir with well concentrated yet not overbearing fruit, nice balancing acidity and a clean, silky finish. It's a very nice wine at a very nice price!