2003: a heatwave that affected all of Europe. The weather was less than ideal in 2003. It was necessary to harvest much earlier than usual and to pick early in the morning (or even at night) to avoid excessive heat. This was a vintage in which cooling systems were of great assistance. The grapes were tiny, with very little juice. Only a few needed to be removed during sorting since almost all were healthy and rich in polyphenols ( a family of organic molecules resulting from the secondary metabolism of plants, polyphenols are known for their health-giving effects, and especially their antioxidant role).
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 1.20 hectare plot
A large plot with the evocative name of "Les Champs au pied du Mont" (or, "The Fields at the Foot of the Mountain"), located on the slope overlooking the outskirts of Beaune. This vineyard, facing due east, produces both red and white wine. Soil in the lower part of the vineyard contains a high concentration of clay, which guarantees deeply-coloured, powerful wines, while the large proportion of iron brings out smoky nuances.
The grapes are handpicked into small crates and the whole bunches are then pressed in a pneumatic winepress. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing take place 100% in oak barrels with bâtonnage (lees stirring).
100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of ageing: 16 months
Tasted in 2004
COLOUR: Attractive, luminous white gold with silver-grey highlights
NOSE: Aromas of hazelnut and toasted salted almonds combined with delicate hints of citrus
PALATE: Full-bodied and thirst-quenching, with roas, spicy and mineral flavours, as well as a very long; refreshing aftertaste with citrus nuances