This charming wine is flattering as much gentlemen inspired by its female name as wine lovers interested by its neighbouring the white grands crus plots.
The name "Les Demoiselles” is a reminder of two former owners, Adèle and Julie Voillot, daughters of a former military general in Beaune at the beginning of the 19th century, who lived as spinsters.
This pretty name is reserved only for the southern part of the plot known as "Les Caillerets".
It is also used in addition to the appellation "Chevalier-Montrachet" for the wines produced from the plot of "Chevalier Grand cru" located just on top of the slope.
We provide traditional manual culture work and care to the vine from november to July: Guyot pruning, ploughing, debudding for yield control, shot knitting and only when necessary spraying against the vine diseases.
The time and care we give to the vine is key to wine quality.
First steps include crushing and fermentation in French oak barrels (1/3 new).
Then comes bâtonnage and natural malolactic fermentation at cellar temperature (13 to 14° C).
After 12 months of ageing, the wine is pumped back to one tank for 6 more months before bottling preparation.
The pure mineral dominance of Puligny is clearly revealed here.
The south-east exposure and the slope topography together with the vine age bring richness and complexity. The depth is lingering in fine aromatic layers of fresh and lemony fruit hints followed by more intense dry fruit notes. The subtle flesh requires a few years of ageing to show all its complexity in a more concentrated style.
In 2013, the start is nervy and the persistence develops in mouth with complexe and fine citrus fruit, honeysuckle and green nut.
Ageing will allow oak aromas to develop even though they are well combined at this early stage: spices, honey, butter, toast.
5 to 8 years - depends on shipping and storage conditions
10 years - depends on shipping and storage conditions
Summer 2013 was wet and the threat of usual diseases was constant all over the vineyards. Oidium and rot caused some loss in quantity but we managed to save our crop until september when sunshine came back.
We decided to take the most of this indian summer conditions and wait for the end of september to start the harvest.
This choice was rewarding with ripe, fresh and fruity berries !