26th-28th April: Devastating frost episode!
After a very mild winter and a warm spring weather in the second half of April, the bud break was advanced but the frost with high level or humidity at the end of the month destroyed the parcels with the best exposition. After the frost the vine was developing slowly. Acceleration in growth and the maturity of grapes were possible thanks to very warm and dry summer, with ripening that started quickly by mid-August. The harvest started on 20th September and the sanitary condition of the vineyard was perfect.
Grape variety : 100% Chardonnay on a 0.13 hectare plot
Located on the top of the slope, facing due east with meagre, stony soil and white marl outcrops.
Whole bunches of grapes were handpicked into small crates and pressed in a pneumatic winepress. The juice was cold settled after pressing for 12-14 hours under temperature-controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing took place entirely in oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of barrel ageing : 21 months
Tasted in June 2018
COLOUR : Intense green gold with luminous silver reflections.
NOSE : Precise, refined with slightly toasted notes, evolving with aeration into fresh fruity notes (white peach, apricot).
PALATE : Smooth texture and consistent palate embracing sapidity. Infinite length and very salivating on the finish.