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 0.84 hectare plot
A very mature, deep soil with brown topsoil
Subsoil of large, fractured limestone blocks
East-facing sun exposure
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: 17 months
Tasted in 2002
COLOUR: Beautiful, deep, ruby-red
NOSE: Overtones of black cherry, cherry liqueur, and fresh almond
PALATE: Concentrated, serious and powerful
Spicy, fruity and mineral flavours
High-quality, well-constituted tannin