• 2017, back to normal in burgundy

    A rather early season, which makes the winemakers always a little nervous. But otherwise, the 2017 campaign was marked ... by its absence of extreme climatic events, good news indeed, these are generally synonymous of trouble!

    THE SEASON
    HARVEST AND VINIFICATION
    MATURATION AND TASTING
    TASTING NOTES - WHITES
    TASTING NOTES - RED WINES - BOURGOGNE AND VILLAGES
    TASTING NOTES - PREMIERS CRUS AND GRANDS CRUS
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    After a dry, cold winter, vegetation moved quickly, with temperatures well above normal in March and April. This represented the first pressure on vineyard crews because winter work had been delayed. Then, the region experienced great stress due to a frost warning at the end of April.
    But the rest of the season was quite calm: a warm and beautiful spring raised alarms of an early harvest. Flower went very quickly, in less than a week in early June, during an episode of early heat. Surely one of the explanations for the excellent yields observed at the harvest.
    A heat wave followed at the end of this month but finally, quite abundant rains in July, which however did not affect the integrity of the grapes, slowed the pace. Throughout this period, the pressure of disease was low.
    It was obvious, however, that the nature of the vintage was becoming clearer ... in particular, the abundance of grapes. Several passages were indeed needed to regulate a crop that seemed to swell after each rainy episode, to the point in some cases, to end up wondering if the team had done its job properly ... After some adjustments, we had to face the facts: the year was plentiful and our interventions, an absolute necessity, could not totally go against the thrusts of nature.

    Finally, harvest began on September 6, under conditions that threatened to be difficult and ended up actually very suitable. There was a rainy day but much less water than announced and the crops were finally brought in in good conditions. The surprise was elsewhere, in relatively high yields for some parcels: despite the green harvest, all vines affected by frost in 2016 compensated for the lack of harvest that year and produced beyond what we had planned. On the other hand, the vines that had had a normal harvest in 2016 were sometimes a little lower in 2017, which explains a supply against the common trend of the year for some appellations.

    Fermentations went on quietly. The first pressings announced good balance: a good sugar content and standard acidity. Grapes were very healthy and we encountered few difficult fermentations.

    Wines followed a normal development in the cellar. Malolactic fermentations were rather early but did not disturb the wines too much. They recovered well and remarkably, acquired a beautiful depth in the months that followed. The wines of 2017 at the end of the 2018 vintage did not look the same as a few months before! Today, the tannins are ripe, the acidity light, the aromas well-developed, the structure integrated ... In the end, it is therefore a very approachable vintage that we can show.

    Of course, this vintage is also lighter than 2015 or 2016. And thankfully! What could we drink in the coming years, if not? They are delivering good stuff today, and have reached a balance allowing an easy comprehension by amateurs and professionals alike. This is a graceful, flattering vintage, already complex, which allows the amateur to approach Burgundy with ease: "So this is Burgundy? But it's very good and not at all tight or difficult, and this combination of sweetness and lightness is so sensual! ".


    To be even more explicit, we can compare these wines to those of the 2014 (in a less upright and tight character) or of the 2007 vintage (with a little more flesh).
    They may not be imposing or really tight, however their concentration is quite adequate and there is no need to worry about their aging capacities. However, some will offer a complete profile very quickly, making their tasting possible, and even attractive, in their youth.

    Bourgogne blanc

    This wine starts on a well-opened nose of ripe fruit, especially white fig, and a combination of mineral elements. This shows already very promising and gives in fact an impression of distinction and reserve.

    In the mouth, it appears imposing and bold despite an acidulated finish. A lot of sweetness throughout the tasting and a touch of citrus zest in the finish to firm up the taste buds.

    A generous and mature white Burgundy, which will gain some righteousness with aging. No need to rush to drink it.


    Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St Philibert

    The nose is open and immediately nice: woody notes are noteworthy but also of course, a variety of white and yellow fruits, and always this impression of feeling wet pebble ...

    On the palate, the definition is very beautiful: a lot of richness, a beautiful upright feeling throughout the tasting and a very pretty fresh finish.

    A very balanced wine, appealing, perky and perhaps more integrated and polished than usual. Simplicity, charm to spare but also a lot of distinction. At least two years of aging, or 2021, should complete an already very promising presentation.


    Saint-Romain

    A nice, ripe, and well-opened nose: notes of zest and lime, peach, plum, a touch of frangipane ... Such happiness already!

    On the palate, a beautiful smoothness, a great sweetness but particularly, a very lively finish.

    More classic than the Clos St Philibert but with this same elegant, dashing side, which gives it, oh so much charm! Let's refrain from drinking it right away however, it will be more to his advantage from 2021 on.


    Saint-Aubin 1er cru

    A nose at first somewhat shy, a touch of reduction (yeast, toast) is possible depending on the bottles. Otherwise, ripe fruits, especially apricots, spruce notes and a nice greenness.

    A lot of weight on the palate, a feeling of amplitude and generosity, which would almost make one think of a Meursault, if it were not for the acid finish, a bit biting.

    Nevertheless, a wine more integrated than usual, which potential is evident but which must be allowed to age until 2022 at least.


    Meursault

    This wine seems to express a mineral structure on the nose: the chalk, the pebble are wrapped by the wood and obviously fruits, on the yellow side.

    Nice amplitude in the mouth also, with this mineral structure that really supports the wine, prevents it from being heavy and gives an almost tannic impression.

    A beautiful wine, typical of its appellation, persistent with a certain majesty and which should work wonders with some aging (from 2022).


    Corton Charlemagne

    A wine coming from a blend of two very different plots in the appellation, one warm and one cold, a unique combination that works very well ...

    The nose is floral, with notes of white and yellow fruits, a touch of gingerbread, noble greenness and already, an impression of minerality.

    On the palate, a nice approach, a wine from the start sappy with a nice density, before a slightly tense but more remarkably, very long finish.

    A wine of good balance and crazy energy, racy and very seductive. It will be interesting to age it until 2025.

    Bourgogne Côte d'Or

    New appellation this year, to certify that this wine comes entirely from the Côte d'Or (which means these parcels are close to the ones that have made the reputation of the region) and is composed of 100% Pinot Noir (some Beaujolais appellations have the right to call themselves « Bourgogne » ...)

    The nose is open, with various aromas of black and red fruits. The wood subtly coats the whole.

    Very nice presence on the palate, with a bold attack, a certain righteousness in the middle of tasting and a slightly acid finish.

    All things considered, this wine offers a nice unity and is very approachable, although we can never repeat enough that it is a wine that can age and even that this aging actually improves it!

    From 2020.


    Marsannay

    Nice nose, where some red fruits are noticeable, together with a touch of oak, dried fruits and after stirring, beautiful aromas of black cherry.

    In the mouth, the attack is frank and fine, the persistence very good throughout the tasting, until a slightly acidic and firm finish.

    Typical of its name, fine, not as voluptuous as the Fixin but refreshing and aerial. A very nice 2017, that can be appreciated fairly quickly, probably as soon as 2020.


    Fixin

    The nose of this wine is always complex, while being less intense than the Marsannay. There are aromas of smoked tea, red cherry, peony notes, a touch of reduction too.

    On the palate, the wine is fleshy, caressing but with some righteousness.

    This wine shows more seduction in the mouth than the Marsannay but it is also a little tighter than usual. Some aging will do him good, so unlike in previous years, it is better to wait a little (from 2021). Prefer the Marsannay for an early approach to the vintage.


    Morey Saint Denis

    A nose where red fruits, especially cherry, dominate. But there are also some smoky and woody notes, and the presence of liquorice. In total, a beautiful complexity.

    After a caressing start, we feel in the mouth righteousness and a certain firmness in the final.

    After reflexion, this wine is more serious than usual, less immediate. Aging for a few years will benefit him. To visit then from 2022.



    Pommard

    Ripe fruits dominate the approach of this wine: varied black berries but also some fig and a trace of reduction, which is often encountered in this type of ripe wine. It seems a little closed now but reacts well to aeration.

    The palate is generous, caressing and full, with just enough acidity at the end to support the wine: the finish is indeed very slightly tight and participates in the impression of length.

    It is a beautiful ensemble, which combines concentration and charm and will taste superbly in 2-3 years.



    Gevrey-Chambertin

    The nose is nicely open on red fruits, especially raspberry, with some sweet notes in which we perceive frangipane, caramel and nougat ... It is open and seductive.

    This impression is confirmed in the mouth, where you can see from the beginning a pretty silkyness, a caressing texture throughout the tasting before a tighter finish, on the acidity.

    A little easier than usual, this wine can boast a nice consistency and a beautiful presentation. We can choose to wait for a few years to open it but it should be approachable soon enough, by 2021.



    Chambolle-Musigny

    A nice, open nose of red and black fruits at first, but there are also notes of spices, including nutmeg and fresh wood, which balance the whole.

    In the mouth, the wine has a massive aspect, with a touch of severity: it's his usual style. This helps in this vintage because the freshness is pleasant and completes the maturity.

    So this wine, generous, straight, and structured, will require a care of several years to refine. Try it from 2024.


    Nuits Saint Georges

    There, the nose is ripe and open, despite a touch of reduction. We can easily distinguish the classic red fruits, cherry, raspberry, strawberry ...

    Very nice attack in the mouth, mellow and sweet. It grows steadily until the end, with great consistency. There is a slight bitterness in the middle or the end of the mouth but it adds to the complexity and one ends on softness and sweetness.

    A nice wine, generous, consistent and very ripe, almost already good to drink right now because it does not forget to show a lot of finesse throughout the tasting. Approachable from 2020-21.


    Vosne-Romanée

    A rather open nose but not exuberant, where one can distinguish red and black fruits, earthy aromas of humus and a wood imprint expressing vanilla.

    On the palate, a lot of finesse: after a rather generous attack, we are rewarded with great energy in the finish. The wine is long and very interesting in retro-olfaction.

    This Vosne is a mixture of charm and structure, the vintage suits him very well and it can be tasted young or left for ageing. So we can as well try it from 2021, as keep it until 2030.




    Fixin 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre

    As always in this wine, black fruits are very present ... and very seductive.

    On the palate, beautiful amplitude, the maturity is obvious but soon gives way to a tension of good quality that ends on very pleasant acidulous notes.

    A gourmet wine, generous and easy to drink, which also, as always, boasts a great sapidity. Approachable young, it will also age very well. Like the Vosne, we can try it from 2021 and / or keep it until 2030.


    Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Feusselottes

    From the start, a well-opened wine: lots of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry), black fruits coming with some swirling and a hint of greenness that brings complexity.

    Very nice wine on the palate: the beginning is ample but the finish is long and smooth.

    A lot of finesse and seduction for this wine that appears even juicy and complete. One of the great successes of the year, whose evolution is promising: it will be enjoyed young with pleasure, from 2021 on, but it will certainly age very well.


    Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Cras

    A seductive nose: ripe but with fruit (cherry), spices (cinnamon), sweet notes (caramel) and some burnt wood.

    The palate is tender and fine, consistent in a great sweetness, with an almost mineral finish.

    Very integrated and regular during the tasting, friendly, easy to drink now (wait 2021 all the same), this wine will make people happy in its young age and certainly until 2025 at least.


    Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes

    A good openness, red fruits in shambles: strawberry, raspberry, cherry, all wrapped in nice woody notes.

    In the mouth, we feel a certain reserve, a beautiful tension that carries the wine to a finish, which is very slightly tight but long.

    Without a doubt, a wine with great potential, quite vertical, sappy but which also demonstrates a beautiful seduction. Aging until 2025 is recommended.


    Nuits St Georges 1er Cru

    A lot of black fruits on the nose, some lightness and even an evanescent side.

    The palate shows a good concentration and also a great sweetness. The tasting progresses regularly, with no letting down. The wine reveals its seductive side, before a finish a little straight and hard.

    A blended wine, we can say nevertheless that it is very typical of its name or in any case of the idea that one makes of it: a certain austerity of good quality (in no case, should one speak of rusticity), balanced by some freshness and a silky texture. To age a few years.


    Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Argillas

    A beautiful freshness shows from the start, with a multitude of black fruits, perceptible on the nose. There are also spicy and sweet notes, like caramel and cocoa.

    The mouth is full and firm at the same time: a nice concentration and a caressing texture come immediately forward, before a narrower finish where the acidity dominates.

    Not yet fully in place, with an opposition between beginning and end of tasting, this wine is nevertheless promising and needs time to complete its integration. It is quite normal for this appellation which always surprises at aging. Waiting for 2025 is therefore recommended.


    Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Perrières

    Super expressive nose, very open, albeit with some traces of reduction. A festival of red and black berries, with a touch of caramel, announces a gourmet wine.

    The mouth is lurking and ample. It ends with an impression of minerality and fine tannins.

    Maybe this wine appears a little more concentrated than usual ... It is quite open, at the same time very long and serious. A very nice combination and we can even say, one of the stars of the vintage! The natural finesse of the appellation will allow it to be approachable from 2021-2.


    Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Murgers

    A nice nose, a little reserved but finally quite complex: fresh red fruits (raspberry, cherry) and also a touch of black fruits. A noble wood is noticeable, as well as notes of humus and pebbles.

    The palate is fine but caressing and with a good density in attack. Then, the wine gives an impression of righteousness, on a mineral finish.

    An alliance of charm and reserve, which bodes well for aging. There is a good margin of progress, so leave it until 2023 at least.


    Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Boudots

    The nose is varied and very seductive: red fruits, notes of smoked tea, flowers, a light minty freshness ...

    On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, generous but also precise. We feel some reserve but above all, a beautiful length in all subtlety.

    Already majestic, this Nuits Boudots has all the elements to guarantee an evolution towards a great complexity and to show this magnificent terroir under its best! Leave him until 2024.


    Charmes-Chambertin

    This wine is presented only to our private clientele.

    A ripe and open nose, with an opulent side despite notes of fresh black fruits.

    On the palate, sweetness of course but very quickly too, a certain uprightness, a nice freshness, and tension to finish.

    A very nice wine, fine and racy, very complete and showing a great energy! Despite obvious seduction, wait until 2024 before tackling it.


    Clos de Vougeot « près le cellier »

    This year, two cuvées of Clos Vougeot, this one coming entirely from our plot at the foot of the castle.

    A sweet and delicate nose, showing red fruits; we can also feel cherry and, as often, evocative floral notes (rose, peony ...), which contribute to the very special profile of this wine.

    The mouth is chiseled, ample and tight at the same time; the finish, on mineral notes, is of great length and ensures a rich retro-olfaction.

    A lot of complexity and refinement in this deep Clos Vougeot, which needs a little time to erase some asperities. Wait for 2023 at least.


    Clos de Vougeot « grand maupertuis »

    This wine comes from our small plot, located in this lieu-dit contiguous to Grands Echezeaux.

    First, a very nice, well developed, black fruit nose (black cherry, blueberry).

    The impression of amplitude is confirmed in the mouth, with a lot of roundness, some sweetness and a nice finish with some freshness.

    A wine of great softness but more massive than the other cuvée and consistent with the reputation of the appellation. It will need more time because today, concentration comes before complexity. Waiting until 2025 is recommended.


    Corton Perrières

    Here, we are dealing with a guy of more "controversial" characteristics: the aromatic profile is different but open, on black and red fruits, cherry brandy and noble vegetable notes.

    In the mouth, a lot of silkiness and sweetness but the main characteristic of this wine, righteousness, comes back quickly, as well as a mineral finish, that stretches for long.

    The more austere profile of this wine detonates a little in our range. However, it is to better surprise us in a few years (2025), with its finesse and seduction. Its potential is immense.

     

    Corton La Vigne au Saint

    This beautiful plot, eclipsed last year by frost, returns with great fanfare.

    We already feel a pleasant finesse on the nose, with delicate red fruits, wrapped up by a touch of vanilla and sweet wood.

    The mouth is tender, exquisite, this wine is seductive indeed! In addition, the finish is well elongated.

    Another version of Corton, intermediate between Perrière and Clos Rognet, which is a reductive description because it has its own personality! Very nice aging potential, it is recommended to wait until 2023 at least.


    Corton Clos Rognet

    As always, a very ripe nose, in which red fruits are especially noticeable, in particular cherry. Some smokiness, sweetness and greenness all contribute to the construction of a very complex nose.

    The palate is sweet and concentrated. Very soft, velvety, some freshness in the finish nonetheless contributes to its balance. So no heaviness but at the moment, a little monolithic.

    The potential of this wine is enormous, as often its slow, very progressive aging, ensures a good future. Currently, despite its maturity, that makes it appear smooth, we would miss what makes its intrinsic quality and should wait until 2025 at least to gain in complexity.


    Échezeaux les Rouges du Bas

    The nose is lively, very open and expresses a lot of freshness, yet red fruits and especially cherry, dominate. There are also notes of orange peel and tea, which make the originality of this wine.

    The mouth gives an impression of concentration, precision and righteousness. The finish is very long, a little tight, slightly austere.

    However, despite these serious characteristics, the wine is more approachable than usual: the nose is very pleasant, the mouth is fine and complex, only the finish is still a little angular and must be polished for a few more years (2023-4). Naturally, not limit to aging.


    Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru aux Brulées

    There too, a pretty expressive nose, where one finds a variety of red and black fruits, some smokiness and other empyreumatic aromas, typical of this wine.

    The palate is very caressing and offers a very nice sensation. The finish especially, showing lovely spices, is exceptionally long and fine.

    A wine of very beautiful presentation, the quintessence of Vosne-Romanée, majestic without being heavy. Nice now, it is not impossible that it closes to come back in all beauty within a few years. Probably at its best from 2025.


    Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru au Cros Parantoux

    A nose where black fruits are very present but where you also find distinguished, floral notes; some sweet notes too, of candy and caramel, which gives it a very attractive first approach.

    Of course in the mouth, the first impression is of great concentration, however the wine is not massive, thanks to a finish showcasing its acidity and a general impression of natural lightness.

    Everything seems integrated, very seductive, easier than usual. It will be difficult to resist drinking it young (for those who have the chance to get their hands on it) even if we know that aging brings a lot in terms of complexity. Better from 2025 all the same.


    Richebourg

    A deep nose of black fruits, on which one seems to have added pretty floral perfumes, licorice and caramel.

    The palate is dense, tight, of great concentration, with a structured and very long finish.

    Although caressing, this wine remains a bit impenetrable. We obviously feel the potential to become the charming and complex Richebourg that we know, but it is imperative to wait for several years for the massive appearance of the wine to give way to the refinement of the terroir. Waiting for 2027 is highly recommended.