2001 is a vintage that was affected by challenging weather.
A hail storm in the Côte de Beaune in early August did considerable damage in Beaune, Volnay and Pommard. Results: The wines are best enjoyable when young and fruity, and should not be aged for too long.
The Côte de Nuits did better, producing very elegant, refined wines with great varietal character.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.73 hectare plot
Situated on the hill where the Grands Crus of Corton are located. The south-east facing vineyards and slight slope ensure perfect ripening.
This sun exposure, combined with stony clay-limestone soil, is conducive to early ripening whatever the weather during the growing season.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 19 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: 20 months
Tasted in 2002
COLOUR: Very beautiful, brilliant ruby-red with purple highlights
NOSE: Overtones of black cherry, cherry liqueur, liquorice and chocolate
PALATE: Concentrated, spicy, and generous with a touch of liquorice
Roasted, toasty flavours
Serious, ripe tannin