2010: a small crop of beautiful grapes
After an interminably long, cold winter, proper spring weather set in during the month of April with above-average temperatures that enabled the vines to start growing quickly. Bud break took place over just a few days around the 20th of April. The poor, cool weather in June caused a great deal of coulure (shot berries) and flowering was upset as a result. The first two weeks of July were warm and sunny. Véraison (colour change) began at the usual time in mid-August, but lasted for several weeks due to rain and cool temperatures. The grapes took their time to ripen. Fortunately, sunny weather returned in early September and lasted for three weeks. A small crop with undersized berries and well-aerated bunches made it possible to maintain the fruit in good, healthy condition and obtain good ripeness. However, it took a great deal of reflection before deciding when to pick each plot. We did not react in a panic-stricken way to what was wrongly described as deterioration of the grapes!
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.49 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 24 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 barrel ageing: 15 months
Tasted in November 2012
COLOUR: Lovely, intense ruby-red.
NOSE: Complex and well-focused, with hints of ripe black fruit (blackberry and blueberry) as well as delicate spicy aromas.
PALATE: Tasty, concentrated and refined, with elegant tannin.