2002 is a very pure, well-focused vintage. The grapes were beautifully ripe and healthy, without a trace of rot. Jus how great this vintages 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 Pinot Noir varietal character comes through very well, with impressive finesse and refinement. The bywords for the 2002 vintage are fruit and elegance, and the wines will keep very well - at least until 2012.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 1.19 hectare plot
Located in the heart of Les Santenots du Milieu, with brown soil rich in magnesium on a layer of hard, rounded limestone.
Steep slope with perfect natural drainage. Situated in the middle of the slope facing due east.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 21 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
100% ageing in oak barrels
Duration of ageing: 18 months.
Tasted in 2003
COLOUR: Very beautiful, intense ruby-red with purplish highlights
NOSE: Complex and very elegant, developing floral (violet) and chocolate notes with aeration
PALATE: Rich and full-boded, with spicy, toasty, roasted and smoky flavours
Generous, elegant, silky tannin on the aftertaste