Year 2017 – a vintage long awaited…

*Red wines:

Little sortation was necessary because of the quality of the grapes harvested allowing for part of the quantity, depending on appellation, to be vatted complete; after the cold, prefermentation maceration process, during which some very fine aromas of red fruit were detected, the alcoholic fermentation pointed to an extremely good potential.
On first tasting after fermentation, it was clear that there was no need to prolong the maceration process; after pressing, the wines had a deep shiny shade and very fine red fruit aromas slightly jammy; in the mouth, the wine is dense, rich and elegant worthy of a reputable vintage.

*White wines:

The white grapes were picked last, apart from the Beaune Clos des Mouches plot, harvested at the same time as the red appellations .
Gold in colour the grapes were in perfect condition and slowly pressed complete; after settling the cooled must is filled in casks.
For all the batches, the alcoholic fermentation went smoothly without any final slowing down.
The wines have a strong aroma and in the mouth, well balanced, full and rich in taste.

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The red wines are good in colour, with fresh red fruit aromas, well balanced in the mouth, delicate and brisk with good tannin potential;because of the high temperatures during the grape maturing process the malic acid content was limited but this should not change much the nature of the wine after the malolactic fermentation.

The whites wines have good citrus notes, pure and vivacious in the mouth and after raising in cask they will become round and elegant.

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After pressing the red wines are dark and shiny in colour with very fine aromas of red fruit, slightly candied;  the taste is intense and of an exceptional finesse.

These new white wines are pure and elegant, well balanced and pleasantly rich on the palate .

For both the red and the white wines, the low rate of malic acid is a sign of the high potential of the vintage.

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After pressing, the red wines has a very pleasant dark red shade with a blue hue and intense red fruit aromas, well balanced and concentrated in the mouth.

At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the white wines had a golden-green colour,  citrus and hazelnut flavours, rich and full in the mouth.

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After an interval of rest the wine had a fine deep colour, pure red fruit aromas, robust and acidic for the moment in the mouth, with a good, delicate tannin content.

Well balanced and fruity, the wine has retained its citric notes, sharp and fresh in the mouth with a level of acidity which the malolactic fermentation will smooth out.  

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2012, a year marked by unstable weather and special care.

At this moment in time  we have every confidence in the  potential quality of this vintage  which  combines all the factors which make  fine wines; it will however, be in short supply. 


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A hot and dry Spring.


The 2010/2011 Winter saw several periods of snow in December followed by unusually mild weather during the first months of the year.

The hot and dry Spring with high temperatures mid-March encouraged early vegetation  and rapid bud growth; in fact the mid –budding stage was first observed between 4 and 6 April on the Côte, higher slopes, ( ie. 7 to 10 days earlier than a normal year) comparable to 2007 and just behind 1997, the criterion for early growth over the last 20 years.

The average temperatures in April and May were exceptionally high and these months were so lacking in rain (50% less than normal) that it was feared the vine would soon suffer from this shortage.

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Just as the Summer of 2009 (which resulted in a great vintage) was fine, so the following Winter will be remembered as being hard with very low temperatures in December and February 2010; for instance, during the night of 19 December, temperatures dropped to around minus 20°C causing frost damage in some plots and there was heavy sleet in February. In fact Burgundy experienced a real Winter, cold, snow and dull with below normal sunlight during the first two months of the year.

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After several mild winters, the 2008/9 winter season was the coldest recorded since 1987 with January and February temperatures below normal; furthermore, winter precipitation was short following a relatively wet autumn, particulary in October with excessive rainfall.
Conditions improved considerably in MArch with a little rainfall and this mild weather continued into April, with more rain, accelerating early growth depending on the area and temperature variations.
The vegetation "green stage" is generally achieved around 7 April for Chardonnay vines and 15 April for Pinot Noir in Côtes de Beaune and around 21 April for our plots in Meloisey in the Hautes-Côtes; at this point in time we were 10 days ahead of 2008 and only a few days behind in relation to 2007.

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Climatological conditions
The winter of 2007/8 was mild and with less precipitation than normal ; however, March and April were colder and wetter than usual which retarded vegetation growth.
Mild and sunny weather in the first half of May accelerated growth of the vine and on the plots of whites on the domain, debudding started on 5 May.
There was heavy rain at the end of spring and the first half of June was cold which retarded flowering: this occurred more or less during the second half of June and was finished in the Hautes Côtes at the end of the month but it was this difficult period which caused less and smaller grape berries.

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Climatological conditions
This season consisted in a mild autumn and winter with vegetation in advance, early April. Debudding started on 19 April in summer-like conditions. Flowering commenced early May but was then retarded by a cold and wet period; as from 20 May a very sunny period followed which accelerated growth with the Hautes Côtes slightly behind.

The advanced growth continued until the closing time of the grape clusters indicating that harvesting could be anticipated around mid-August ie. Even earlier than in 2003.
This forecast changed with a cold and wet summer necessitating great care on account of the high risk of disease.
As from mid-July at the earliest (Beaune Grèves) the grapes started to change colour and this stage finished at the latest mid-August.

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