2002 is a very pure, well-focused vintage. The grapes were beautifully ripe and healthy, without a trace of rot. Just how great this vintage is, of course, depends on the terroir.
However, the wines are showing very well with plenty of fruit, considerable delicacy and beautifully ripe tannin.
The withe wines are very great, with superb ageing potential, but rather closed-in at present (2007)
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 0.28 hectare plot
Very thin soil (15-20 cm) on a steep slope facing due east
Very calcareous subsoil
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:18 months
Tasted in 2003
COLOUR: Luminous, brilliant, greenish-gold
BOUQUET: Quite complex and expressive with roasted and very fruity (yellow fruit) aromas
PALATE: Delicious, with mineral, salty, roasted and very fruity flavours
Concentrated, generous and flavoursome aftertaste