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 2.28 hectare plot.
A large plot with the evocative name of "Les Champs au pied du Mont" (or, "The Fields at the Foot of the Mountain"), located on the slope overlooking the outskirts of Beaune. This vineyard, facing due east, produces both red and white wine. Soil in the lower part of the vineyard contains a high concentration of clay, which guarantees deeply-coloured, powerful wines, while the large proportion of iron brings out smoky nuances.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 17 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: Deep, dark, intense red colour
NOSE: Macerated berry fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant) with slightly smoky overtones
PALATE: Liquorice, menthol and slightly toasty flavours. Rich, smooth tannin