Vineyard: A blend of historic sites including Deree, Champerrier (planted in 1919), Petite Jouise and Clos de Combe.
Viticulture: The vineyard is farmed using biodynamic practices and all grapes are harvested by hand, sorted once in the vineyard and again at the winery. Up to 10% of the crop may be rejected.
Vinification: Vinification with traditional methods, open vat fermentation using native yeasts, 30% stem inclusion and minimal use of sulpher.
Aging: The wine is aged in French barriques of which 30-75% is new depending on vintage.
A more complex and more floral-inflected nose features notes of fresh and relatively elegant aromas of both red and dark currant, earth and forest floor. I very much like the mouthfeel of the lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that are at once seductive yet precise, all wrapped in an equally complex, persistent, youthfully austere and well-balanced finish. Worth considering.
Bright medium red. Pure but reticent aromas of red berries, smoke, game and earth. At once firmer and sweeter in the mouth than the Marsannay, with the intense red berry flavors displaying lively acidity. Here the tannins come across as a bit less sharp than those of the Marsannay owing to the wine's greater mid-palate sweetness. A firm, persistent, honest village wine in the making.