The villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin are renowned for their carrieres, stone quarries which dramatise the sloping vineyard landscape. This wine displays an intense garnet hue, with the nose initially restrained and then building with air to encompass red cherries, blackberries, wet stone and baking spices. There is an attack of dark red fruit on the palate, tannins are pliant and well integrated, the wine fills the mouth and aromas extend beyond rich fruit into smoked meats and earth. Oak plays a supporting role, framing the opulent and powerful fruit profile.
CellaringDrink now or over the next 5 years.
Vineyard: The vineyards used are spread over different areas: South of the Côte de Nuits: In Corgoloin -Au Clou, Les Perrières, Les Monts de Boncourt, and Les Retraits.
Soil: The hill-slope of Corgoloin are carved into the hard limestones of the upper bathonien. The slopes are gentle and regular, not reaching the rim of the plateau. In the upper part the brown soil is only slightly limy, lower down, a thick layer of pebbly scree, while at the foot of the slope it is an extensive area of brown soils over accumulated alluvium.
Maceration process: 100% destemmed. five days of cold maceration, one pigeage a day at the start of the alcoholic fermentation, then pump-overs during maceration for a gentle extraction
Total vatting time: 18 days
Pressing: Pneumatic press
Total elevage: 16 months
Oak used: 15% new oak
Operations performed during ageing: One racking before bottling
Filtration: No fining, no filtration
All the vinification and ageing operations are carried out with reference to the lunar calendar.
5 stars - John Lewis
The Canberra Times