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 0.59 hectare plot
This vineyard, located in the commune of Meursault, is unusual in that it is entitled to produce Volnay-Santenots Premier Cru red wine if planted with Pinot Noir and Meursault-Santenots Premier Cru white wine if planted with Chardonnay. This very sunny terroir produces charming wines with a pronounced bouquet and elegant tannin.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 21 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
The wine was aged entirely in new oak barrels.
Duration of barrel ageing: 15 months
Tasted in July 2012
COLOUR: Brilliant, intense ruby-red with deep purple highlights.
NOSE: Charming, attractive aromas of red fruit (raspberry and redcurrant).
PALATE: Savoury, with fresh, delicious fruit and a rich, dense texture. Fresh, ripe and very elegant tannin. Very digestible aftertaste.