• 2020: the bottling of a very special year

    2020: AN EARLY, WARM AND ... LIVELY VINTAGE!

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    In our jargon, by "dry products", we mean containers and everything that gravitates around them: therefore not only bottles and corks but also labels, caps, cardboard, boxes etc... Like many others, we are affected by shortages and price increases, sometimes vertiginous (much more important than those of our wines, if so ...). 

    We had to change bottle format during the bottling. The most observant will notice a bottle different from our usual format, perhaps a little less "burgundy" shaped: with a longer neck and a more pot-bellied body. 

    To cope with the incredible lengthening of capsule manufacturing times, some of our wines will be shipped with non-personalized capsules, which are a little redder than the ones we usually use. 

    Due to the change in bottle format, we will not be may not be able to provide the wooden crates requested by some. 


    Hoping that this list of exceptions does not grow longer...

    Marked by precocity and concentration, this vintage will not simply be remembered as that of COVID ... Of course, we cannot deny the stress caused by the pandemic (organization of work and harvests, supply difficulties) but in the end, it did not result in negative impacts.

    Much more significantly, this season is marked by mildness, sunshine and water deficit. A mild winter, a very mild month of March, temperatures of 25°C recorded as early as April: the vegetation started with an advance which continued during the season. The flower passes in just a week and ends on May 26. We already know at this point that a harvest in August is very likely. The rest of the season will follow suit: strong sunshine, lack of rain, the vines are "galloping" and will require intense work to keep up with their pace. But otherwise, the year does not present any particular difficulties, apart from a surge of powdery mildew in early summer. 

    Vineyards do not seem to be affected by water stress (perhaps thanks to a very watered winter) and continues its maturation cycle, until an episode of heat wave in early August, which will have a definite effect on the character and concentration of the vintage.

    The harvest began on August 23, an absolute record of precocity, and took place in summery, but not overwhelming weather. The crop is at this point very healthy and will remain so, unfortunately some sorting is still necessary, due to the scalding caused by the heatwave. There is here certainly an explanation for the low yields of the vintage. 

    The alcoholic degrees are high, although lower than those of 2019 (most are below 14 °), however at the end of the harvest, some sites surprise us with their relatively low sugar level. 

    All have surprising acidity, marked by low malic acid and very good tartaric acid retention. And above all, an incredible concentration of the juices, with intense colors showing already at the end of the pre-fermentation maceration. The whites are more classic, also acidic but lower in alcohol.


    It is therefore a very special vintage, which has been bottled, after a few logistical disorders (see our chapter about "dry products"), now unfortunately a rather common occurence whatever the sector. 

    With a rather high alcohol content, the wines are not at all heavy, held by a firm acidity that highlights aromas of black fruits, rather characteristic of a cold vintage!

    The combination of high maturity and acidity is the dream of the Burgundian winemaker. This is a rare but not exceptional phenomenon since the vintages 1990, 1999, 2015 and to a lesser extent 2005, 2009 and 2019 can be considered to meet this characteristic. But it reached an unprecedented high in 2020.

    Given their concentration, these wines will need time, including for "entry-level". While they do seduce by their aromatics, in the mouth, they exhibit some tension, which leads us to say that keeping them for some time is a better option.

    The personalities of the terroirs have emerged during aging and in this powerful vintage, we find the finesse of Chambolle, the distinction of Vosne, the structure of Nuits, the complexity of Clos Vougeot and Richebourg ... Patience will be required however, as these are serious, structured wines that do not want to be taken lightly. 

    Paradoxically, this does not necessarily mean we'll see an aromatic closure in the bottle, given the strong acidity which should allow the freshness of the fruit to show for a long time. But evolution will be slow and certainly very profitable for these wines which will undoubtedly represent bottles of anthology in the decades to come!


    Bourgogne blanc

    Nice nose, expressive and fresh: Citrus, grapefruit, bergamot; orchard fruit, apricot; white flowers. The aromas are intense and ripe. A slight hint of reduction that escapes after a few minutes of opening.
    Palate: The attack is nervous, the acidity blends in perfectly with the richness of the wine. The aromas lean towards citrus fruits such as lemon and lime. An exotic hint of pineapple is revealed.

    The finish is chiseled and the whole wine dynamic and fresh. To be consumed between 2023 and 2025


    Hautes Côtes de Nuits "Clos St Philibert"

    Nose: Mature and intense. Mineral note, with a solar profile. The aromatic notes show particularly exotic scents such as pineapple, but also quince and white honeysuckle flower.
    Palate: The attack is comforting and offers a nice volume. Its tonicity on the finish gives it freshness and persistence. Some pretty bitters tones leave a salivating memory in the mouth.

    Still needs integration between nose and mouth. Wait until 2025. Aging potential 8 to 10 years.


    Bourgogne Côte d'Or "Hémisphère Sud"

    Nose: Attractive but understated. The bouquet is focused on forest fruits. A slight varietal note, peppery and spicy. This discretion offers a refined nose, without exuberance.

    Mouth: supple attack with firm tannins. Angular texture. The well-present acidity in the mid-palate energizes the tasting.

    Less complex than its comrade "Etienne Camuzet" but nevertheless very coherent. His generosity makes him extremely accessible.

    Very approachable when opened, it provides a subtle immediate pleasure. Aging potential between 5 and 6 years

    Bourgogne Côte d'Or "Hémisphère Nord"

    Nose: Directly intense with aromas of very ripe black fruits (blueberry, blackberry, black cherry). Very nice aromatic intensity.

    Palate: Firm attack. The tannic structure is still young and a little strict, which gives it angles and structure. Its severity on the finish is noble. The tannins need to polish over time.

    Very promising, it will seduce with its persistence and solidity.

    This one is made to get better with time. Be patient, it will show its full splendor after a few years in the bottle. Ideally not to be consumed before 2024.

    Aging potential 7 to 8 years.

    Bourgogne Côte d'Or "Etienne Camuzet"

    Nose: Bright! It offers a complex blend of red and black fruits of great maturity. Subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla and smoked tobacco.
    Palate: Fresh and dynamic on the attack. The tannins are racy and delicate. The texture is silky. Beautiful vitality on the finish but still fiery.

    The whole is harmonious with charming fruit aromas. Very seductive on the nose, the palate, on the other hand, still requires a patina. With two or three years in the bottle, it will express itself with great class.

    Aging potential 5 to 8 years.


    Marsannay


    Nose: Its profile currently is reserved. Despite everything, the bouquet remains delicate with black and spicy fruits.

    Palate: Frank. The tannic structure is supple but remains austere. Items seem to not have found full embed links yet. Very promising despite everything by its fruit and its flesh. Tense on the finish, it seeks to flourish and must be solicited.

    This one is still shy, it needs time. Wait until 2024.

    Aging potential 7 to 10 years.


    Fixin

    Nose: Very elegant, gifted with a nice intensity, with a floral tone and black fruits. Aromas of violet and lilac dominate. What a charm !

    Palate: Nice fullness, caressing texture. The tannic expression is rounded, supple and stretched, the finish lively and joyful.


    It is a wine that has all the elements to age well but what a delight already at the opening!

    Aging potential 7 to 8 years


    Gevrey Chambertin

    Nose: Complex, with aromas of stone fruits, but also redcurrant and blueberry. Light vanilla and blond tobacco notes. Elevage is fully controlled.

    Mouth: Frank and spherical. It offers an enveloping and refined texture. The finish is revived by a dominant acidity.


    A distinguished, homogeneous and balanced wine. It will gain in complexity over time. All these assets will be delivered after 1 to 3 years at least. Aging potential 10 years.


    Nuits St Georges

    Nose: Very beautiful aromatic expression. It seduces with its spicy and minty character. After a few minutes it exudes notes of scrubland and juniper berries. A subtly integrated woodiness gives it added complexity and intensity.

    Palate: Caressing attack. It displays a voluminous texture, with rounded corners. The tannins are racy and sappy. Narrow finish. Its authority on the finish suggests a subtle bitterness and tone.


    A Nuits-Saint-Georges that combines power and velvet. Approachable, it deserves aging for at least a year or two. Its solid base allows it a very good aging potential of 10 to 12 years.