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.
A bright straw yellow color to please the eye.
The nose, still young after just a few weeks of bottling, but showing nice hints of flower and exotic fruit aromas to develop.
The mouth, shy when so young as for every high-class wines, expresses a lingering of flavours, perfect balance and wood combination.
Intense, complex and nervy are key words to tell the first sensations perceived with this early tasting of Le Montrachet.
Ideally located on a south exposed mid-slope stony soil, Le Montrachet is naturally inclined to take the most of the 2013 climatic conditions. Proof is given again, if needed, that this exceptional terroir delivers the very best of Chardonnay.
10 to 15 years - depending on shipping and storage conditions
25 years - depending 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 !