Isolated, studied and selected from the prestigious Côte de Nuits terroir in Burgundy during a three-year research project by Laboratory Burgundia Oenologie in Beaune, France. The goal of this selection program was to find a dominant natural yeast strain from a traditional “cold soak” that would elaborate intense, complex and balanced Pinot Noir varietal character. The 3001 strain stood out from other strains. Wines made with it were noted for fruit and varietal characters that were both elegant and complex. Moderate nitrogen demand but will benefit from proper nutrition and aeration (especially when the potential alcohol exceeds 13%). Tolerant to standard SO2 additions and low temperatures (12°C/54°F) for a steady and reliable alcoholic fermentation following cold soak. Vitilevure 3001® is recommended for cold soak protocols for intense Pinot Noir wines with aging potential.