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2017 Vintage, "Elegance and Balance"

  • 1. Meteorological data and development of the vegetative cycle

    After a sunny and almost summery autumn, the winter was very strong in December and January. It is characterized by cold, dry and sunny weather. Certainly the sun shines (+ 121 hours of sunshine more) but we have 27 days without thawing and a significant deficit of rainfall. (-60% compared to normal). This real winter allows the vine to replenish its reserves.

    In February and March, the absence of rain is confirmed. These are two warm and very bright months (+2.5° above normal). We then expect a rapid recovery of the vegetative cycle because at the end of March, temperatures are soaring. On March 20, we observe the buds swollen in the cotton. On March 28, green peaks are found in the earliest areas.

    The sunshine at the beginning of April is in excess. The vegetation only accelerates its development and the tying work is completed in a hurry. The rhythm is intense, the leaves spread one after the other, we observe between 3 and 5 leaves on April 20. The end of the month is much cooler.

    The winegrowers once again fear the 2016 frost episode. They therefore mobilized for two nights (April 27 to 29) to fight the frost by providing cloud cover at daybreak.

    May and June are marked by exceptional sunshine, periods of high heat interspersed with rainstorms. The growth rate is intense, 3 to 4 leaves appear per week. In Chardonnay, full flowering is reached the week of May 30 and that of Pinot Noir the following week.

    The berries of some chardonnay plots have already reached 2 to 3 mm in mid-June. 2017 is therefore one of the three earliest vintages of the last 10 years. This rate will remain high during July and August, with alternating hot and even hot periods and cooler and rainy periods. Leaf stripping decisions are well thought out and limited to avoid any risk of grilling.

    At the phytosanitary level, 2017 is also characterised by very limited phytosanitary pressure on the whole field. The decisions of the treatment rates were determined according to the pressure, the weather and the area of the plots.

    Veraison begins around July 20 and the 100% veraison stage is reached in mid-August. The state of the foliage was excellent, no plots fell apart, which made possible an intense and regular photosynthesis allowing the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to gain in maturity and concentration in a significant way.

    Throughout the growing cycle, the daily monitoring of our plots and the meticulous work of our winegrowers have enabled us to harvest ripe grapes that are rich in polyphenols.

  • 2. Harvests, Vinification and Ageing

    We started harvesting maturity samples from our plots on August 21 to determine the optimal harvest date for each plot. Decisions on harvest dates were difficult and decisive. There was a certain heterogeneity from one plot to another, the chardonnay was ahead of the pinot noir.

    More than ever, the tasting of the berries was a key element in determining the harvest date. We thus appreciate the evolution of the pulp’s flavours, the sugar/acid balance and the texture of the tannins.On the 55 hectares of the estate, the harvest began on August 28 with the chardonnay grapes under a bright sun and lasted 12 days

    For our reds, the optical sorting of the harvest was very low because the health was excellent. The grapes were ripe and healthy and therefore not very far apart.

    After a 7-day cold pre-fermentation maceration, the alcoholic fermentation was regular with an alternation of punching down and pumping over in order to gently extract the most qualitative tannins.

    The tannins of the films were supple and pleasant, the colour was easily extracted. After a vatting period of nearly 20 days, the wines were then placed in oak barrels to complete their maturation on lees.

    In 2017 our most beautiful vintages: Beaune Grèves “les trois journaux”, Beaune Fèves, Pommard Clos des Epenots, Volnay Clos des Chênes and Corton were vinified in truncated conical wooden vats. The result is remarkable with dense, deep wines and a pretty texture on the palate.

    The golden Chardonnay was harvested quickly enough to maintain a good sugar/acidity balance. After manual sorting, pressing and settling, the alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels for 10 to 15 days depending on the terroir. Aged on lees, the pieces are lightly stirred so as not to weigh down the wines.

  • 3. Tasting comment

    Today, when tasting our red wines, they are deep and purple in colour. On the first vintages at the end of malolactic fermentation, we find intense aromas of black fruits. The well-balanced palate is silky, smooth, concentrated with ripe tannins that will be coated with barrel ageing.

    The white wines have a golden colour with green highlights. Depending on the cuvées, the nose reveals notes of white fruit, vine peach and acacia flower. The palate is complex, with a certain freshness and tonicity.

2018 "offers generous volumes and superb quality"

  • 1. Weather data and development of the vegetative cycle

    After a very pleasant September and October, the beginning of autumn is marked by record rainfall. Then the temperatures are less mild, and winter settles in November and December.

    However, january is very mild, and we have to wait until February to experience a few days of negative temperatures and snow that is slowly hydrating our land.Rainfall between October and March reaches almost 500 mm on the Côte de Beaune, which allows water reserves to be replenished. The light is low with a lack of sunshine throughout the winter.

    Following the cool spring, the resumption of vegetative activity of the vine is slow and gradual. In early April, the buds are barely swollen in the cotton and the vine is expected to start late.

    From April 15, it’s a beautiful spring day with summer temperatures warm the atmosphere, and a small bunch of grapes is not long to come. The bud break is active around April 20, placing 2018 at an average level of precocity. This year again, at the end of April, winemakers are preoccupied with the weather forecasts that announce the risk of morning frosts. In the end, no damage, the buds are not affected.

    At the beginning of May, the temperatures are raising a lot.. Until mid-May, the growth is unbelievable. In just a few days, the leaves unfold one after the other. In one week, the bud becomes a shoot with 4/5 leaves. The de-budding tasks follow an intense rhythm and overlap so much the 1st tying-up the vegetation grows. On the estate, a precise work of pruning is required of our winegrowers to control the yields and the quality of the future harvest. The first flowers appear around May 19 for pinot and chardonnay 10 days earlier than in 2017.

    In June, the stormy rains are sustained, the temperatures remain mild and the vines grow very actively up to 60 cm in a week. As of June 5, the berries of some chardonnay plots have already reached 3 mm and by June 25 the first stages of the bunch closure have been reached.

    The 2018 vintage, will therefore be among the three earliest vintages of the last decade. At the same time, diseases are very intense, and exercise a high level of pressure. We must remain aware and keep our treatment  process because the products are quickly leached by the rains.

    July and August are marked by very hot, dry and sunny weather. On July 3, the bunch closure stage is completed on July 17, we see the first pinot noir berry tinting red.  On August 3rd, the veraison starts on 100% of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines. At the beginning of August, a scorching heat arrives on the Côte de Beaune with the record-breaking sunshine (+86H) .

    As a result, the veraison and the final ripening are accelerated. On August 20th, the sanitary state of the vineyard is excellent, the harvest is approaching …

  • 2. Harvests, vinification and ageing

    To have a perfect understanding of the 2018 vintage, we started the maturity sampling in our 80 plots on August 9 th at a rate of 2 analyses per week per plot to determine for each of them, the optimal date of harvest. The decisions of harvest dates were difficult and decisive.

    There was a certain heterogeneity from one terroir to another. More than ever, berry tasting was a key element in defining the harvest date. We appreciated the evolution of the flavors of the pulp, the sugar/acid balance, and the texture of the tannins.

    In 2018, at the Château de Meursault, we have harvested and vinified 5 new pinot noir appellations from magnificent terroirs: Ladoix les Chaillots, Pommard La Platière, Pommard1st cru La Platière, Aloxe-corton1st cru Les Maréchaudes, Corton Les Maréchaudes.

    On the 65 hectares of the estate, harvesting began on August 24th for our Meursault Perrières and Volnay Clos des Chênes plots, which reached perfect balance, and then from August 27th on the rest of the vineyard. The harvest was spread out over 11 days with very mild weather conditions and we were able to harvest healthy grapes at full maturity.

    For our reds, the optical sorting of the harvest was inessential because the quality of the berry was excellent.

    After a cold pre-fermentation maceration of 5 days, the alcoholic fermentation was soft and regular without too much punching , essentially pumping over in order to gently extract the most qualitative tannins.

    The tannins of the skins were soft and pleasant, the color was easily extracted. After a vatting period of nearly 20 days, the wines were then placed in oak barrels to complete their maturation on the lees.

    In château de Meursault, the golden-coloured Chardonnays were harvested quickly enough to keep a nice freshness. After manual sorting, pressing and settling, the alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels for 10 to 15 days depending on the terroir. Aged on the lees, the stirring of the lees on the barrel was done with a special attention since every cuvée is unique.

  • 3. Tasting comment

    In Château de Meursault, our red wines have deep colour, with purple nuances. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, the mouth is silky, smooth, with a nice concentration of fruit. The ripe tannins are coated with the ageing in the barrels.

    The white wines reveal a great aromatic complexity. They are expressive wines on the nose, with a range of aromas reflecting the diversity of each terroir.  The mouth is deep, dense with a certain freshness and minerality.

    This 2018 vintage will delight the palate from its youth and will reach its peak in about ten years.

     

     

“ 2019, The magic of the years finishing by « 9 » ”

  • 1. Meteorological data and development of the vegetative cycle

    After a sunny autumn, winter was marked by a strong hydric stress. Between 50 and 70% of the water was lacking in January and February. This water deficit was combined with an extreme mildness: autumn-winter was almost 3°C above normal. We had to wait until January to feel a few days of frost below -5°.

    The pruning of the vines took place with an excess of sunshine, more than 140 hours compared to the normal season. However, again these years, there was not a real winter. The mild temperatures in March allowed the vines to be well developed in the vineyard. At the end of March, the vine benefited from such a luminosity that we were already expecting a quick start of the vegetation.

    The earliest plots reached mid-bud stage on April 2nd. But the, cold and very rainy weather settled in  the Côte de Beaune. The frost thretened during the nights of April 5 and 14 with temperatures close to -3°C and high humidity. The winegrowers were all mobilized to fight against the frost (candles, wind turbines…), but the damage was important and heterogeneous depending on the plots.

    We had to wait until April 20th for the the beautiful spring days that would warm up the atmosphere and  launch the growing of the leaves. The end of April 2019 was one of the latest vintages, with all these hazards, the growth was considerably slowed down

    At the beginning of May, temperatures were fresh and vegetation grew with difficulty : one leave every six days during the first weeks. From May 15th, the sunshine allowed a regular resumption and we could start the work in the vineyard. As soon as the inflorescences came out, we noticed a moderately abundant harvest.

    June was a very hot month without rain. Summer was settled in,  and an intense growth  came with the first flowers already visible from June 4th in our earliest and most homogeneous plots in terms of the vegetative stage (Volnay Clos des Chênes, Pommard Clos des Epenots).

    In mid-June, the flowering comes to an end with many heterogeneities between the plots. The weather has being disturbed at the end of the flowering that led to a significant flower abortion on the whole of our plot. This resulted in small bunches and a low yield.

    The months of July and August were hot and dry with three successive heat waves and a low accumulation of precipitation in the form of a thunderstorm.  In mid-July, the bunches were closed and we started to observe the first berries on July 25th. The sun and the wind contributed to  the concentration of the sugars and the acidity.

    2019 was characterized by a limited phytosanitary pressure on the whole estate. The mildew was almost absent this year, but the powdery mildew was in the middle of our attention.The decision about the treatments of the vines against the viruses were based on the situation in each plot.

    Our first year in organic viticulture was a success. The foliage condition was excellent, none of our parcels of land  lost their foliage, which allowed us to have intense and regular photosynthesis. For the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, level of maturity and concentration were very important.

    Throughout the vegetative cycle, the daily monitoring of our plots was operated with a meticulous work of our winegrowers, which allowed us to have a healthy harvest.

  • 2. Harvest, Vinification and maturation

    We started the maturity sampling in our plots on August 19th to determine for each of them, the optimal harvest date. The harvest dates was were decisive, and they were difficult to make.

    There was an important heterogeneity from one plot to another. Berry tasting was crucial, it was the key element in defining the harvest date. That is how we were able to appreciate the evolution of the pulp flavors, the sugar/acid balance, and the texture of the tannins.

    The harvest started on September 7th  and lasted for 11 days, on 60 hectares of the estate, for the Chardonnay followed by the Pinot Noir  on 1September 9th.

    For our reds, the optical sorting of the harvest was very weak because the sanitary conditions were excellent. After a cold pre-fermentation maceration of 5 days, the alcoholic fermentation was  regular without too much punching down, essentially pumping over to gently extract the highest quality tannins.

    The tannins of the skins were soft and pleasant, the color was easily extracted. After a vatting period of nearly 20 days, the wines were then placed in oak barrels to complete their maturation on the lees.

    The golden-colored Chardonnays were harvested quickly enough to keep a nice freshness. After manual sorting, pressing and settling, the alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels for 10 to 15 days depending on the terroir. Matured on the lees, the stirring of the lees was done on a case-by-case basis, each cuvée being unique.

  • 3. Tasting comment

    After a few months, we taste exceptional pinots, presenting a touch of rare intensity, with purple nuances.  The mouth  is silky, smooth, with a beautiful concentration  of the fruit. The ripe tannins have become coated with the ageing barrels.

    The white wines have a golden color with green shade. Depending on the cuvée, the nose reveals notes of white fruits, vine peach, and acacia flower. The mouth is complex, with a certain freshness and tonicity.

    This 2019 vintage will delight the palate from its youth and will reach its peak in about ten years.

2020, « An earliest vintage ever »

  • 1. Meteorological data and development of the vegetative cycle

    After mild autumn and winter, with more water than normal (+90 mm), the vine showed its first signs of recovery in mid-March. 2020 promises to be a record of  earliness because over 6 months (October to March) we had the coldest temperature at -5° C (only during one day). Excessive rainfall during the winter allowed us to replenish the soil’s water reserves.

    Despite a cool beginning of April 2020, it is the fastest starting vintage over the last 25 years. With strong sunshine and temperatures that reached more than 24° C in mid-April, the vegetation started to exploded.

    The buds had to be removed in a hurry because they quickly get tranformed into leaves. By april 20, we already noted 6 leaves spread out on chardonnay and 4 leaves spread out on pinot noir. On april 21, we were 24 days in advance compared with the 2019 vintage.

    In May, the growth dynamic was intense (2 leaves per week). the disbudding  was barely finished when the tying-up started in Meursault Perrières and Pommard Clos des Epenot. On the estate, we demanded our winegrowers a precise work of disbudding in order to control the yields and the quality of the future harvest. The first flowers appeared around May 16 and by May 25.

    At the same time, the diseases (powdery mildew and mildew) were not very present. We had to pay attention and closely monitor our plots.

    At the beginning of June, despite more disturbed weather, the climatic conditions were favorable to a dazzling nouaison. In less than a week, the berries reached 5 mm and we could  already  plan the harvests on August 20th.

    On July 5th, the Chamber of Agriculture informed us that the 2020 vintage is the earliest ever recorded and gave us the weather forecast for the up-coming vintage.July and August were marked by very hot, sunny, and dry  weather which helped us to maintain a perfect sanitary state. The drought began to affect some pinot noir plots.

    On July 10, we saw the first pinot noir berry turning red. On July 20, the veraison started in  all the sectors. As a result, we actively started to prepare the vat room,  while the harvest  was approaching….

  • 2. Harvests, vinification and ageing

    To have a perfect understanding of the 2020 vintage, we started  to do maturity samples in our 80 plots on August 3rd doing two analyses per week  and per plot in order to determine the optimal harvest date for each of them.

    There was a certain heterogeneity from one terroir to another. The berry tasting was a key element in defining the harvesting date. Thus, we were able to appraise the evolution of the flavors of the pulp, the sugar/acidity balance.

    The harvest started  August the 20th on the 65 hectares of the estate, in such plots as plots of Beaune Grèves and Volnay Clos des Chênes with tasty grapes with brown pips and a nutty taste.

    We finished harvesting on August 31st with our Savigny red. It was the first time that the estate harvested its entire production in August.

    For our reds, the optical sorting of the harvest was very weak because the sanitary state was excellent. The grapes were ripe and healthy.After a cold pre-fermentation maceration of 5 days, the alcoholic fermentation was soft and regular without too much punching, essentially pumping over to gently extract the most qualitative tannins.

    The tannins of the skins were soft and pleasant, the color was easily extracted. After a vatting period of nearly 20 days, the wines were then placed in oak barrels to complete their maturation on the lees.

    Chardonnays that had golden color were harvested quickly enough to keep a nice freshness. After a manual sorting, pressing, and settling, the alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels for 10 to 15 days depending on the terroir.  It was matured on the lees, using the lees stirring  paying specific attention to the uniqueness of each cuvée.

  • 3. Tasting comment

    While tasting, the balance that emerges in our wines is superb. The sunny side of the vintage is present but the wines reveal a great aromatic freshness.

    The acidities are very well balanced, the white wines are deep and chiseled. The tannins of the reds are coated, but powerful with a nice concentration of fruit.

    This 2020 vintage will delight the palate from its youth and will reach its peak in about ten years.