This is certainly a unique vintage. The winter was fairly mild for the most part, although a cold snap in April made us fear the worst. The summer proved to be very sunny, hot and mostly dry. The climatic variations of the cycle and the pronounced drought during the summer had an impact on the yield but the quality of the grapes was good, nonetheless. The grapes were very healthy when picked, boasting good ripeness and a perfect sugar–acid balance, so 2019 looks like it will be a great year for producing wines with that familiar Burgundian elegance. The only downside is that volumes are low compared with an average year.
The hot summer suggested an early harvest, but it didn’t begin until 14 September so, compared with previous years, it was quite late.
The wines are fresh, seductive and indulgent, and will delight lovers of Burgundy wines.
The whites from this upfront vintage are characterised by high aromatic purity and remarkable balance: a lively wine and a clearly present rich palate.
The reds are a soft ruby colour, showing real elegance, with supple tannins and a pleasant freshness. The prominent fruit adds to the sense of indulgence. Because of this wonderful harmony, 2019 is a vintage in the making.
The 2018 vintage was subject to very changeable and rather unusual weather conditions throughout the cycle. After quite a rainy start to the year, the spring saw summery weather, bringing an above normal amount of sunshine and relatively little rain.
This trend continued until the harvest, with a very hot and very dry summer that brought the grapes to maturity. The harvest took place on 1–8 September, which was not exceptionally early compared with previous years.
Quality therefore made an appearance in 2018, but good quantities were also to be found. The vines presented wonderfully; the grapes were beautiful and healthy. This vintage gave rise to unusual exuberance among professionals early on. And the comments on the 2018 vintage were immediately unequivocal. From the first tasting, the praise was generous, and the wines were recognised as being a very great vintage.
The whites display incredible aromatic complexity. The Chardonnays are powerful, with moderate acidity and good roundness on the palate. Explosive on the nose, the diversity of aromas reflects the typicity of each terroir incredibly well. A vintage to be enjoyed young in order to appreciate the tenderness, liveliness and freshness of our whites.
The reds are already very structured and powerful, with tannins that are present but concealed. The Pinot Noir is generous, with hints of cherries and roses. The reds are noteworthy for their intense, seductive colour. This gourmet vintage, with its accomplished maturity, has a very interesting ageing potential and can happily be laid down for a few years before drinking.
After a catastrophic 2016 harvest, 2017 presented a change of scenery. The vines benefitted greatly from the sunny spring. The parcels were in bloom from mid-June, and then began producing fruit very quickly. The vintage showed signs of early ripening. There were alternating periods of heat and more mixed weather throughout the summer. The grapes continued to mature at a good pace, and the harvest began at the end of August. The grapes were healthy, and sorting was almost superfluous as the quality was so high! Due to the wonderful raw materials, optimal maturity and good yields, spirits were high in the winery! Vinification was a smooth process.
2017 was a year that produced a Chardonnay in all its elegance, creating perfectly balanced, very aromatic wines. The freshness is characterised by notes of citrus and white fruits. On the palate, minerality and tension provide balance for this rich fruity offering.
The colours are intense and vibrant; the Pinots are ruby red or garnet. The very expressive notes of fresh berries will entice. The perfect balance on the palate, due to the silky tannins, creates a very harmonious whole – subtle and without opulence.
2016 was a tense year … that ended well! In late April 2016, following a relatively mild winter, a frosty period, that was unprecedented in its geographical extent, hit the Burgundy vineyards hard, and reduced the harvest potential considerably. The high rainfall in the spring also complicated the work in the vines. On the day of the summer solstice, the sun and heat arrived suddenly, and this change allowed the vines to regain their strength. The parcels that hadn’t been too badly affected made up for the delay at the start of the growth cycle. The harvest started around 20 September. We took in about half of the usual harvest … but the grapes were relatively healthy and ripe. We observed two contrasting situations: very little, if any, harvest from the parcels that had suffered frost but, on the contrary, good yields from the sectors that were spared. Luckily, during vinification, we discovered the unexpected potential for quality!
The 2016 white wines are wonderfully balanced. The nose and its aromas of fresh fruit, flowers and spices combine elegance, intensity and freshness. The palate is full, harmonious and fleshy. Perfectly structured, it is remarkable for its impressive length and beautiful finish.
The red wines show high aromatic intensity and beautiful purity. Fresh and fruity notes mingle with spicy notes, and the perfectly balanced palate is elegantly structured and of good length.
2015 is undoubtedly a great vintage. The harvest was quite early, at the very beginning of September, but the grapes were perfectly mature and exceptionally healthy. With a harvest of such high quality, 2015 displayed the makings of a great vintage …
The aromatic expression of the red wines is splendid! Ripe fruit and spices are combined with berry aromas. The well-mastered acidity and the suppleness of the tannins give a nice roundness on the palate and ensure a very pleasant finish.
The white wines, with their aromatic purity, are very expressive, with beautiful notes of summer fruits, and are balanced by an incredible freshness and richness on the palate.
2015 is an exceptional vintage that is already gratifying but will reveal itself further in years to come!
After a very promising beginning, 2014 is especially marked by a rainy summer, with thunderstorms, and sometimes hail. Fortunately, a beautiful autumn, particularly a very sunny September, allowed to gather ideal conditions for an optimal maturation of grapes and preserve the grapes healthy. The harvests began at mid-September.
This young vintage have intense colors and reveals a very fruity nose, a beautiful concentration in mouth, with supple and present tannins, beautiful fruits notes and a great balance. This flattering vintage, have great sharpness, and intense aromas of red berries. Promising wines for which it will be necessary to wait 3 or 4 years to taste it for the best.
White wines present a beautiful liveliness and beautiful minerality. Its character is chiselled and precise. It will reach their best maturity in 2 or 3 years.
2013 was marked by a cold and rainy spring. With important rain periods and thunderstorms (of hail in summer), the season was rather chaotic … The weather improvement and the clement sky in September allowed the grape to reach a great maturity. The weather hazards strongly impacted the vineyard and the vintage in Burgundy. The consequences of the climatic hazards also impacted the quantities harvested and we had to make a big work on the grapes (severe sorting).
Wines are fine and elegant, full of fruits. This surprising vintage evolves in a beautiful way on fine and greedy red berries aromas. A well balanced vintage, whith already well melted tannins.
The whites are very fruity and elegant, and present a beautiful neatness in mouth.
2012 could be qualify of complicated vintage : Very cold in the beginning of February, excessively rainy from April to July, drought and heat in the late season … The flower had great difficulty to pass, and quite small grapes formed on vines… and will finally give a small harvest (30% less). However, the sun of September allowed a beautiful maturity and beautiful tannins, very rape, supple and silky.
2012 is a very beautiful vintage, wines are well balanced and greedy. Wines are concentrated and textured at the same time, fleshy, while expressing pure and fresh fruits. Very beautiful extraction. According to the desires, we can age it a few years or consume it on the fruit. Unfortunately, a beautiful vintage and small yields make that these wines are almost all sold-out.
Precocity and drought marked this vintage which started under the sun. The meteorological trend reversed suddenly at the beginning of July, unusually cold and wet. August is marked by the alternation of heats and sunny episodes, and others cooler and rainier. But at the beginning of September, sun and heat were back.
2011, rainy vintage, gave fruity and elegant wines but rather light. That is why they reach maturity today. This vintage really improved these last years. It is ready-to-drink from now, on evolved and crystallized fruits aromas. An ideal vintage for impatient persons, those who have no cellars or for the greedy, for an immediate pleasure.
The climate was generous, as well in sunshine as in precipitation, and drove wine growers crazy untill the beginning of August. Finally, blue sky returns at the middle of August and grapes reached good maturities. Tannins are very present and powerful, and took time to melt to give more pleasant wines.
This is a vintage to discover or rediscover … It finally opens ! Tannins until then very hard are softens. We have always been confident on this vintage, and our expectations are now confirmed. Wines are powerful and rich with beautiful candied fruits aromas. Very pleasant to taste today, it promise a beautiful moment.