Vineyard: A blend of Premier Cru sites En Ergot, Combottes, Petite Chapelle and Clos Prieur
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.
Production: 250 cases
Notes: Only made in top vintage, Jean-Louis' Capita has the structure of a Gevrey combined with haunting elegance. Very approachable in its youth.
This is perhaps the most floral-inflected wine in the range with its exceptionally pretty nose that reflects notes of lavender, lilac, rose and violet along with earthy and fresh red currant aromas that are trimmed in subtle but not invisible wood influence. This is also quite generously proportioned with fine mid-palate concentration to the medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the powerful and well-balanced finish. This very firmly structured effort is going to require extended cellaring to arrive its full apogee yet it's not so backward that it couldn't be enjoyed after 5-ish years of cellaring. In a word, excellent.
(a blend of premier crus; vinified entirely with whole clusters): Bright medium red. Captivating aromas and flavors of red berries and dried flowers accented by spices and white pepper. Juicy, intense and penetrating, with terrific acidity giving clarity and cut to the middle palate. Finishes with a firm spine of dusty tannins, terrific reserve and lovely lingering perfume. A standout here in 2015.