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 1.28 hectare plot
A large, 50-hectare clos (walled vineyard) created by the Monks of Cîteaux. Their cellar was located in the Château du Clos Vougeot, which is now the headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
The soil, largely dominated by clay, produces powerful, well-structured wines that have a rustic side when very young.
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: Beautiful, deep, ruby-red
NOSE: Understated and spicy (pepper, nutmeg)
PALATE: Deep, with a taste reminiscent of forest floor, mushroom, and humus
Quality tannin with an attractive spicy quality