2004: A difficult vintage to describe
The white wines are very good, and similar to 2001, with lemon and citrus aromas as well as very attractive overripe notes. To drink now or hold (for people who enjoy aged white wines).
The reds are still closed at present, and not easy to evaluate.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 0.59 hectare plot
Very sunny vineyard, located half way up the slope, with perfect drainage. East-by-Southeast sun exposure.
Thin, stony, sodium-rich soil. White marl outcrops.
The grapes are handpicked into small crates and the whole bunches are then pressed in a pneumatic winepress. The juice was cold settled after pressing for 12-14 hours under temperature-controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing take place 100% in oak barrels with bâtonnage (lees stirring).
100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of ageing: 23 months
Tasted in 2005
COLOUR: Very beautiful golden colour with silver-grey highlights
BOUQUET: Concentrated, rich and complex with aromas of fresh mint, eucalyptus, truffle and pastry
PALATE: Intense and powerful with mineral, toasty, roasted and menthol flavours
Incomparably fine length, grip, and warmth of the aftertaste