Vintages

2016

Ou les bonnes surprises d’un millésime.
Après un hiver très humide, des fortes gelées le 27 avril ont causé des dégâts importants, particulièrement en appellations Premiers Crus et Grands Crus. Un printemps maussade, froid et pluvieux a freiné le redémarrage de la vigne. En juin, la vigne a cependant comblé son retard et la fleur se déroule dans de bonnnes conditions. Les mois de juillet et août sont secs et la chaleur s’installe véritablement à partir du 14 juillet pour atteindre des températures autour de 30°C jusqu’aux premiers jours de septembre. Nous avons commencé les vendanges le 26 septembre sous un temps ensoleillé et chaud.
La récolte reste petite en quantité mais avec raisins très mûrs et sains. Ils donnent aujourd’hui des vins particulièrement colorés et gras.
2016 est vraiment le millésime des belles surprises, à la fois différent et splendide rival du 2015. Il comblera les amateurs de grands vins respectueux du caractère de leur millésime.

2015

This was an early ripening year, with fast blooming flowers, nice bunch setting, a long heat wave and a very dry summer. As a result, the vineyard produced small grapes with thick skins.
Plenty of rainfall, between the 10th and 20th of August, allowed us to obtain decent yields. The fruit was picked from the 3rd to the 11th of September, under sunny skies. The temperature was around 25 degrees and there was a pleasant breeze. Boasting excellent maturity and perfect pH levels, this will be a great year as the wines are powerful.

 

2014

Winter was rainy, and the springtime hot and dry. Thanks to the heat of the month of June, the vineyard bloomed very quickly. The month of July was very humid, and nice weather appeared around the middle of August. Early September was warm and sunny, with mild night-time temperatures. The harvest took place from the 12th to the 19th of September.
The wines: They are surprising, with good tannins. At once tasty and flattering, they display all of the elegance, associated with the Pinot Noir variety.

 

2013

The temperatures were unusually high for the season during the months of March and April. The vines displayed early and regular growth. But a 3-week cold spell appeared during the month of June. As a result, the vine’s growing cycle slowed down. The summer was wet and humid, and fine weather did not show up until the 10th of September. It did however last for 3 weeks, thereby helping the grapes to ripen.
The harvest started on the 3rd of October and lasted 10 days, during a cool and humid period.
The wines: Despite difficult weather conditions, we discovered great things in 2013. Indeed, the tannins were supple, silky and well-ripened. Concentrated red berries come to the fore. This is a good year that can be enjoyed in its youth, as it is very flattering, and thanks to its nice acidity, it can also be aged for many years to come.

 

2012 - better than expected!

Unusual springtime weather Spring arrived early in 2012, resulting in a quick bud burst around the middle of April. This was followed by a cold spell, which in turn slowed down the growing cycle. Cold and humid weather conditions persisted during the flowering period. This situation produced shattered grape berries, thereby reducing the size of the harvest. The full flowering of the vineyard occurred around June 12, suggesting that the crush would take place at the end of September.

Beneficial conditions at the end of summer
From the end of June through to mid July, high rainfall threatened to cause mildew. As a result, we had to carefully monitor the state of our vines to eliminate the development of diseases. Thankfully the weather finally improved however cold night-time temperatures led to cases of oidium. Here again, we had to regularly intervene in the vineyard to maintain the high standard of quality of our grapes. At the end of August, the return of fine weather conditions allowed the fruit to ripen in a healthy environment.

Quality fruit, offering the prospect of an excellent vintage
Picking began on September 22, marked by unfavorable weather conditions. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the harvest. Little sorting was required and many bunches had shot berries. As it turns out, the grapes’ natural sugar levels were very high and their tannins were well-ripened. The first analyses from the laboratory indicated that the fruit was well-balanced. Following a cold week-long maceration, we immediately noticed that the color of the juice extracted from both the red and white grapes was especially intense. The wines were produced fairly quickly and without difficulty. Their fresh and fruity aromas, as well as their elegant tannins, indicate that this is an excellent vintage. In addition, the wines boast impressive density and good length, thereby gradually revealing intense and fleshy fruit flavors.

One cannot but recognize that 2012 is small in terms of volume, but great in terms of quality.

 

2011: Precocious and promising

Bud break was very early. Bud nipping and suckering began on the 26th April. The heat and dryness of April, May and June caused the grapes to ’stress’…

Vine growth slowed down leaving us concerned that we might have small clusters and very little harvest. Fortunately, at this stage of the vine’s development, no disease set in and the canopy remained intact. Then from the 20th July, it rained for a month with the water being soaked up by the vines. It became imperative to intervene as the sanitary state of certain plots deteriorated. In order to preserve the harvest, a team was sent in to cut away the damaged clusters; a de-leafing also enabled the grapes to breathe. In under three weeks we had everything under control.

The weather got better and the heat and sunshine encouraged ripening. On the 1st September the harvest could begin. An initial team of pickers carefully sorted the grapes in the vineyard. A second team, then, sorted the grapes on a  table as they entered the cellar. At the end of the day, the wines showed very good phenolic maturity and excellent acid/alcohol balance. They had colour, were fruity with supple tannins and a long and crisp mouth-feel.

In January 2012, at this stage of the wine-making process, the malolactic fermentation has still not begun, which is a great sign for the ultimate body of our wines.

Finally, and considering the complex weather patterns of the 2011 summer, it remains to say how pleasantly surprised we are by the quality of the vintage. 

It is very promising. We cannot repeat it enough; our vigilance and the seriousness of our vineyard work throughout the year enable us today to await, hopefully, remarkable wines.

 

The 2010 vintage: only good surprises!

The harsh and snowy winter allowed the soils to rest. And then the springtime arrived, offering sunny, warm and dry conditions. The vines’ growing cycle started earlier than usual, indicating a harvest ahead of schedule.  But the cold and rainy weather during month of May slowed down the growth and led to the uneven blossoming of the vines. These conditions ended up producing shot berries, suggesting a small harvest.
July and August were gloomy months. It was therefore necessary to pay twice as much attention to the state of the vineyards to produce grapes of a high standard of quality. Attention was especially paid to leaf fining, to avoid rot and to expose the grapes to sunlight, in view of favoring their ripening.
The use of these techniques set the scene for a top quality harvest.
Once again, the month of September benefited from 15 days of generous sunshine, spoiling both us and the grapes alike! The ripeness of the harvest was surprising. It produced strongly colored and extremely fruity wines, with good rich and well-balanced matter, as well as instantly round tannins.
All of these characteristics are the sign of a very promising vintage, extremely Burgundy in style!

2009 « Following a good winter, which enabled us to work the soil, the vineyard then benefited from radiant springtime weather. Mild rainfall promoted the regular and steady growth of the vines. As a result, they ended up supplying the right amount of grapes as the flowering phrase happened fairly quickly and without any problems. Big worrying storms brought heavy rainfall on July the 14th. Around 150 mm fell over a 3-day period. However this quantity of water profited the vineyard during the rest of the summer, as drought-like conditions appeared up until the end of the harvest which took place from the 10th to the 16th of September 2009. Warm and mild sunshine during this period produced grapes of an exceptional quality, translating to structured, well-balanced and strong wines, boasting elegant tannins. Their robes are strongly colored with good density. These are highly expressive wines displaying notes of well-ripened fruit. The combination of all these factors has produced a great vintage. »

« 2008 and 2007 are complicated vintages with approximately the same profile. The bad weather during the springtime and during the summer, obliged us to work twice as hard in the vineyard: leaf thinning, green harvesting, clipping, all by hand, as damaging the soils was out of the question. We use all the means at our disposal to obtain top quality grapes. In 2008 the fine weather in September really saved the harvest which started on the 30th, finishing on October the 6th. In 2007 we harvested earlier on.  Both of these vintages produced plenty of malic acid: the wines are difficult at the beginning but after the malolactic fermentation, they are very round, very fruity, and very long. Of course, we had to also undertake gentle extractions and count on the natural colour of the wines. 2008 produced wines that were even fruitier than 2007.”

2006 was a super vintage! The only negative thing was the hail that damaged the Chambertin and the Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru. Otherwise we were able to make some top-notch wines. The summer was marvellous with sunshine and light rainfall at the right moment. The wines are silky with fully melted tannins. ”

 

Arnaud