"Unimaginable and unthinkable"
A period of excessive heat at the end of March 2021 resulted in an early bud break, but the unthinkable was confirmed during the nights of 6 to 8 April with the return of winter in force (temperatures of -7°C / -8°C and snowfall). The frost damage to the buds was unmistakable and the losses observed were very significant.
With a cool and sunny spring, the vines had a lot of difficulties in coming back to life. The sudden return of heat in June caused flowering to be too quick, which led to heavy couluring / flower abortion and a further loss of harvest.
July saw significant rainfall and disease pressure was relentless. So work in the vineyards had to be managed with great precision. August was rather dry with cool nights, and veraison was difficult to start. A strong heterogeneity of maturity was noted between the vines that were heavily frosted and those less affected by the frost. Regular ripeness checks are compulsory to determine the right date for harvesting.
Harvesting began on 22 September.
Grape variety : 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.73 hectare plot
Situated on the hill where the Grands Crus of Corton are located. The south-east facing vineyards and slight slope ensure perfect ripening.
This sun exposure, combined with stony clay-limestone soil, is conducive to early ripening whatever the weather during the growing season.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted, 28% whole grapes and the rest destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 20 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
The wine was aged entirely in oak barrels.
Duration of barrel ageing : 16 months
Tasted in February 2023
COLOUR : Deep ruby red colour.
NOSE : On spicy, smoky, toasted and peppery notes evolving on a black fruit (plum).
PALATE : Good density, spicy flavours, toasted and salivating finish. Fine and sapid tannins.
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