2007 as opposed to 2005, when it was easy to grow ripe grapes, 2007 was an early-maturing year that called for a great deal of meticulous work in the vineyard.
It was necessary to be vigilant on all fronts in 2007, and those growers who did not keep close watch over their vines and correctly practise leaf thinning encountered difficulties. In May, vine growth was a month ahead of average but, by September, there was a major discrepancy between ripeness in the red and white grapes. Pinot Noir was fully ready to pick in late August, whereas Chardonnay needed more time. This was a "year of the winemaker", where making the right decisions was of paramount importance.
The red wines are delicious, with silky tannin.
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 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: 17 months
Tasted in February 2009
COLOUR: Deep ruby-red with brilliant, luminous purplish highlights
NOSE: Complex and very expressive
Fruity and toasty with hints of brioche, menthol, cherry stone, fresh cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla
PALATE: Refined and altogether elegant, with tasty mineral, fruity and spicy flavours
Fine tannins, excellent structure and a thirst-quenching quality