2004: A difficult vintage to describe
The white wines are very good, and similar to 2001, with lemon and citrus aromas as well as very attractive overripe notes. To drink now or hold (for people who enjoy aged white wines).
The reds are still closed at present, and not easy to evaluate.
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 20 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: 23 months
Tasted in 2005
COLOUR: Beautiful ruby-red with purplish highlights
BOUQUET: Rich and complex with black fruit aromas and smoky, toasty overtones
PALATE: Warm, with spicy, peppery, toasty and liquorice aromas
Concentrated, ripe and tightly-knit tannin on the aftertaste