The 2011 grape harvest was earlier than usual but as this was followed by a long and sunny Autumn and mild Winter, we were able to proceed with pruning without any delay.

End January,conditions changed sharply  with a severe cold spell: there was no snow but temperatures remained below zero for almost two weeks, damaging for agriculture in general but luckily sparing the vineyard; with the return of mild conditions, we were able to finish the winter tasks in good time.


Conditions in March were almost summer-like, buds appeared quickly and even earlier than in 2011 but this situation did not last for long: April, May and June were cool and particularly wet with twice the normal rainfall for the period causing slow vegetation growth and quite a lot of shatter during flowering of the Pinot Noir vines, especially the older plants; a late frost on 17 May even hit some plots at the foot of the slopes.

On account of the high and regular rainfall, it was necessary to take special care throughout the season regarding action against cryptogamic diseases which were very infectious: mildew for one ( we counted 30 sources of contamination during the season), then oidium, mild to begin with, but intensified after end-June.

A period of very hot weather at the end of June effected some grapes facing south and unprotected by leaves.

An extremely bad hailstorm on 30 June hit our plots in Beaune-Clos-des-Mouches, Pommard and Monthelie causing considerable crop damage and this was followed by another severe storm on 1 August over the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, from Santenay to Meursault.

Some consolation for this truly unpredictable year came with the return of summer weather in August, allowing the greatly reduced crop to mature in relatively good conditions.

It was difficult to forecast the harvesting date because the grapes tended to mature inconsistently on account of the alternating hot and cold weather conditions but fortunately, the lack of grey mould was an advantage.

Finally,we started picking in Santenay on 20 September, then Beaune-Clos-des-Mouches, very early as for previous years.

Although the yield this year was low, the grapes were in a very good sanitary state and well matured.


*Red wines

On the whole, the grapes were in very good condition but needed selecting on picking and on the sorting table to reject those effected by the heat and still on the stalks.

The alcoholic fermentation was normal after a week of maceration to bring out the fresh red fruit aromas which appear promising; the average vatting time is about 20 days, sufficient to extract tannins of a good quality and roundness in the mouth.

In comparison with the volumes harvested, the juice yield after pressing was low.

When still, the wines have a very good depth of colour, intense red fruit aromas and, in the mouth, rich and well balanced with mature silky tannins.

*White Wines

The white grapes matured a little later than the reds and they were picked in the second stage of the harvest.

In very good condition, only a little sorting was necessary.

After pressing,the juice extracted had very pleasant citrus notes and  quickly became clear before filling into casks for the alcoholic fermentation process.

Following this stage the fine aromas of fresh fruit and mineral notes become better defined but already in the mouth they are well balanced, both delicate and intense.   


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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