Terroir: Coming from two small parcels located at the mid-slope, that ideally dominates Premier Cru ” Les Epenots” perfectly exposed to the East and South-East, with marly limestone soil, not very deep, stony and draining.
Vinification: The grapes are handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stays on the skins for 20 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) is done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation. 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged entirely in new oak barrels for 17 months.
2016, 26th-28th April: Devastating frost episode!
After a very mild winter and a warm spring weather in the second half of April, the bud break was advanced but the frost with high level or humidity at the end of the month destroyed the parcels with the best exposition. After the frost the vine was developing slowly. Acceleration in growth and the maturity of grapes were possible thanks to very warm and dry summer, with ripening that started quickly by mid-August. The harvest started on 20th September and the sanitary condition of the vineyard was perfect.
The overall quality of the wines is not affected by these weather disturbances.
Intense dark ruby red. Very tempting, precise, fresh red berries (cherry, cherry-stone), evolving into slightly toasted notes on the nose. The palate is tender, flavorful, fruity and fleshy (fresh cherry). Fine and digestible tannins on the finish.
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