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% Chardonnay on a 0.28 hectare plot
Very thin soil (15-20 cm) on a steep slope facing due east
Very calcareous subsoil
The grapes are handpicked into small crates and the whole bunches are then pressed in a pneumatic winepress. The juice was cold settled after pressing for 12-14 hours under temperature-controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing take place 100% in oak barrels with bâtonnage (lees stirring).
100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of ageing:23 months
Tasted in 2005
COLOUR: Very beautiful greenish-gold with silver-grey highlights
BOUQUET: Concentrated, rich, complex and spicy aromas with overtones of brioche, vanilla and candied lemon peel
PALATE: Powerful, generous and concentrated, with yellow fruit (apricot) flavours and a long, salty, mineral aftertaste