|Origin||Czech Republic, Moravia|
Roučí takes it's name from the ancient Czech word for Pinot Noir which arrived in the 14th Century when the very cosmopolitan new king Charles IV took control and moved into Prague. The nose is reminiscent of the rose aromas of Chambolle, the palate has the gentle softness of well-water, hints of strawberry and some more lifted red cherry-skin notes are perfectly balanced by superfine tannin and pitch-perfect zip of acidity. This finishes long and poised - a real delight for any lover of Pinot Noir.
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One of two fine, Burgundy-influenced red Pinot Noirs from a winery in Moravia that specialises in the variety (they also produce a rosé and a white version). The wines are organic, fermented with natural yeasts and have an effortless purity, finesse and suppleness of texture. Roučí is a little more strawberry-like in its fruit (where Čtvrte seems more cherryish) and has a touch more savoury minerality and tannin. Buy either or, preferably, both to compare.
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The Stapleton-Springer Winery was founded in 2004. The former US Ambassador to the Czech Republic - Craig Stapleton, his brother, lawyer Benjamin Stapleton and winemaker Jaroslav Springer entered into an agreement to create the winery which now bears the names of these founding individuals and was to produce red wine of the highest quality. Jara has now been joined in the winery by his son Tomáš and there is a real energy to these wines. The winery specialises in red wines which are sublime but there is an exciting development of Chardonnay coming on stream aswell as the super Orange Pinot Noir (Rosé really) and Blanc de Pinot Noir. As is clear Pinot Noir became the family firm's dominant variety. The vineyards are worked organically and this is very important to Jara - "I personally only drink wines that were created organically and in which the winemaker's signature is evident. After the experience of drinking such wines I feel uplifted. I like to drink wine which has been verified by time and matures without filtration. I want to drink wines fermented using their own yeasts, to which nothing artificial has been added, wines that the winemaker has created with passion, sensitivity and knowledge. Our soil is a living entity, each year we see the progress in the diversity of wildlife in the vineyard. Living soil gives better quality grapes. In our wines the sulphur content is minute and we fulfil even the strictest of the BIO standards." These wines comes from vineyards that are oriented towards the south-east at 220 metres above sea level, on clayey limestone and sandstone sub-soil. Pinot Noir makes up more than 75% of the vineyards but some Chardonnay, Saint Laurent and Blauer Portugieser are are also grown here making up a total area of 22 hectares. With Burgundy as a model, Jara set out to make top quality wines, and the word is getting out - his wines are already to be found in top Prague restaurants, and they export to 13 countries, but what they really like is to sell at the cellar door to their fellow Czechs.
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