Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
Note: from vines planted in 1955
Producer note: Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% biodynamically farmed domaine. This year I again met with both of them who told me that the 2018 growing season was an "exercise in contrasts as the late winter through to mid-June was very wet and warm whereas the summer was exceptionally hot and almost bone dry. The early humidity and warmth triggered a severe attack of mildew that caused us to work exceptionally hard to tamp it down. The flowering was early and fast and contributed greatly to the uniform maturities that we had at the harvest. As noted the summer was very hot and dry but the early season rainfall enabled the vines to largely avoid shutting down, which of course had a positive effect on maturities. We picked from the 4th to the 12th of September and brought in good yields with potential alcohols that ranged from 13.2 to 13.8%. We used on average around 50% whole clusters during a very soft vinification; in fact we didn't do even one punch down. In the end, the wines are marked by the warmth of the vintage yet still manage to remain fresh and delicious." The range of 2017s revisited below was bottled between March and May 2019. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France and various regional importers; Anthony Sarjeant, Adnams & Co, www.adnams.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Bowes Wine, www.boweswine.co.uk, Compass Wines, www.jasparcorbett.com, DB McCraith, www.dbmwines.co.uk, Averys Fine Wine Merchants, www.averys.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, all UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com/hk, Hong Kong).
Tasting note: There is a touch of herbal tea to the pretty and cool aromas of various red berries, forest floor and plenty of floral nuances. The mouthfeel of the beautifully delineated middle weight flavors is quite sleek though here there is even more evident minerality suffusing the balanced, long and very firm finish that is less youthfully austere than it usually is. This is presently a bit lean though I suspect that it will flesh out with time in bottle.