'Papillon' is a sélection massale planting of Pinot Noir that is an extension of the 'Fosse-Grely' vineyard. 'Papillon' means butterfly, and this Pinot Noir is the richest and most powerful wine from the range. In addition to their vineyards, Ruppert-Leroy operates a biodynamically-certified farm where they grow their own vegetables, raise animals, produce their own composts / biodynamic preparations, and host conferences on biodynamics.
Papillon - located in the village of Essoyes
Clay-Limestone with a majority of red clay
Vines planted inEarly 1980s
Vineyard size0.80 hectares
ExpositionSouth / Southwest
All cuvées are made using the same process: vinification with natural yeasts without any fining or filtering. Cold settling occurs naturally with the winter frosts. Alcoholic fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, and 9 months of élevage on fine lees take place in 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids.
Elevage18-20 months sur-lie in bottle, disgorged à la volée, and bottled without any liqueur de tirage (Brut Nature) or added SO2
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined / Unfiltered
Total production average4,000 bottles
UPC Code Bottle330