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 0.36 hectare plot
Located in "Champs Traversins", in the heart of the historic Echézeaux vineyard, the vines are planted in north/south rows at the end bordering on La Combe d'Orveau.
Fairly thin brown soil with fine sandy/siliceous gravel on the surface.
A perfect microclimate: cool, well-ventilated, and healthy thanks to an air current
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: 20 months
Tasted in 2002
COLOUR: Intense, deep ruby-red
NOSE: Black fruit, liquorice, coffee and cocoa
PALATE: Concentrated, full-boded, rich and complex with flavours of fresh fruit, cherry and spice
Subtle silky tannin