Deux Terres–A French/American Union
Inspired by Joey’s collaboration with Cecile Dusserre of Domaine de Montvac, a project that gave birth to the trans-Atlantic blend Détente, Joey and Jennifer Tensley decided to extend the family reach when they met Roger Belland and his daughter Julie, the fifth and sixth generation winemakers of Domaine Roger Belland. After tasting through the wines and discussing winemaking techniques, Jennifer and Joey realized that the four share like-minded philosophies, which led the couple to propose that Lea Wines team up with Domaine Roger Belland to create a Burgundy-style blend with their two Pinot Noir wines.
Named Deux Terres for the two soils that produce these unique wines that are individually produced and then blended together, this vintage is made up of 50% 2009 Lea Turner Vineyard Pinot Noir (92 points, Wine Spectator Insider) and 50% 2009 Domaine Roger Belland Santenay-Commes Premier Cru. Employing no filtering or fining, Jennifer uses 30% whole cluster fermentation and destems the rest before her two week fermentation to produce a bright, balanced, fruit-forward creation that “brings the vineyard to the glass.” She ages her Lea Turner in neutral French oak for 16 months, which compliments the Domaine Roger Belland Satenay-Commes Premier Cru, a wine made from 35 year old vines that spends one year in 30% new French oak, and is also neither filtered nor fined.
The most exciting note about the 2009 Domaine Roger Belland Satenay-Commes Premier Cru is that it’s Julie’s first solo vintage. Her father Roger recently bequeathed all winemaking responsibilities to Julie and so she is now one of the few female vignerons in the region to be responsible for such rich Burgundian parcels. We look forward to her visit next spring and will have more on her story then.
The result of this French-American union? A wine that brings Burgundy to mind for many of its drinkers. At 13.7% abv and with floral aromatics and notes of red fruit and earth, Deux Terres has a round mouthfeel, a velvety texture and a lush finish that’s long enough to make most newlyweds blush.