2011: pleasure above all
Born from a rather unusual weather (but doesn't that become the norm when you think of its younger brother from 2012?), The 2011 vintage is characterized by gourmet aromas and flavors.
The weather year 2011 started off with a bang, with exceptional precocity, before giving way to a cool and wet summer, sometimes very stormy. As often, the end of August, largely sunny, "made the must". For the third time in 10 years, the harvest will have started in the last 10 days of August, in a thoughtful disorder: each plot will have been harvested at its best maturity, the sun at the beginning of September and the low rainfall giving reason to patience. . Careful sorting of the grapes produced fruity, silky reds and energetic whites.
The Côte Chalonnaise
2011 will remain a dark year for the Côte Chalonnaise. Less affected by hail Mercurey was able to produce the usual volumes.
For the Pinots Noirs, the weather was not easy, so meticulous work and particularly well-controlled yields were essential to reach maturity. In the end, the red grapes presented thick skins which gave frank tannins and raspberry ruby color, even purplish. The wines are aromatic and well structured.
The Côte de Beaune
In white, the small yields, linked to a capricious spring, allowed the harvest to reach good maturity. Thanks to a milder month of September and efficient sorting, the winegrowers were able to bring quality grapes into the winery. The wines are, on the whole, very aromatic, dominated by notes of ripe fruit and dried fruit. Their palate, with great liveliness and exemplary hold, is full and consistent. Their aging potential is very good.
In red, hard work and seriousness paid off. The harvest took place in good conditions, while the start of summer was somewhat uncertain. Good maturity and generally satisfactory health have made it possible to obtain wines of good quality. Very aromatic, dominated by elegant fruity notes, the reds of the Côte de Beaune are characterized by a dense and corpulent mouth with tender and velvety tannins. Tasty and delicate, the reds of this vintage will undoubtedly count among the finest successes.