2018 is a "Grand" vintage: solar, powerful, generous... we wish we had more like this one in Burgundy!
Hot summer temperatures and dry weather made a sane and ripe crop.
Our old vines were able to dig in the soil depth to ensure their nurishing until the harvest that started on a sunny september 13.
Particularly high yields and alcoholic degrees (up to 15%/alc in some plots) needed a precise follow-up of winemaking in turning all sugar in alcohol.
It results in exceptionally fruity and strong chardonnays and, above all, pinot noirs... thank you Mother Nature !
Made of two micro-plots totalizing only 2 "ouvrées" (1 ouvrée = 428 m2) of vineyards, our family-owned Le Montrachet, is a gift of Nature.
Idally exposed to the South and planted with "massale" vines (visual selection, not cloned) on a stony soil in the 1920s, this area produces tiny berries filled with flavours.
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 (100% new). Then comes bâtonnage and natural malolactic fermentation at cellar temperature (13-14° C).
After 12 months of ageing, the wine is pumped back to one tank for 6 more months before bottling preparation.
Each vintage reveals a generosity and elegance that is limited only by a small production: 600 bottles (50 cases) at best when Mother Nature is keen to please...
Usual characteristics include light yellow-green hints in a shiny and limpid wine.
Thanks to its exceptional terroir of stones and abondant sunshine, the nose is complex and flattering quite soon.
Aromatic generosity of the nose is confirmed by a deep and unctuous mouth revealing fresh minty and white fruit with honeyed nuts notes.
Persistent and mineral retro-olfaction. Ends with a lingering finish enhanced by the nerve of morning sun and mineral stony under-soil.