Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards.The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
Abbatuci's wines are certified biodynamic. On his large estate south of Ajaccio he keeps a pristine poly-culture ecosystem in place, complete with herds of sheep foraging through his vines, groves of olive trees on ancient terraces, and large swaths of untouched forests.Named for a leading military figure under Napoleon Bonaparte’s Premier Empire, and then became a prominent consul under Napoleon III. The grapes are crushed by foot and macerate for 15 days then the wine is aged in old demi-muids.
The late Anne-Claude Leflaive, owner and manager of the legendary Domaine Leflaive and a champion of Biodynamic agriculture in Burgundy, and her husband Christian Jacques bought Domaine Clau du Nell when that property was foundering, and installed Biodynamic winemaker Sylvain Potin as manager.