Very few bottles left . . . found in some wine shops.
The deep red hue, the ruby tints, the density and depth of the colour testify to the full maturity of the fruit.
The “in-glass” odor confirms a very dark aromatic palette (huckleberry, dewberry, blackberry) that evolves when swirled towards spicy notes (paprika) and jus de viande.
The colour and nose reflect this ‘solar’ vintage : the summer heat has provided a fully mature fruit.
The wine is black, but fresh. The nose is not dominated by alcohol, and not tainted with tiring kirsch and jam notes, as is sometimes the case with very hot vintages.
The spherical-contoured mouth reveals a wide attack, powerful and agreeably fresh. This freshness is expressed in a complex aromatic scale (raspberry, black cherry), combined with the notes stemming from the maturing.
The balance comes from a deep acidity that harmonizes the tannic intensity, inherent to these soils, and stretches the wine towards a saline and mineral finish.
The mouth is drawn by these more or less deep clayey soils. Merlots, on these soils, draw the skeleton of the wine by giving it breadth and intensity.
The shape of the wine is spherical and indicates a good maturity, a powerful but coated tannic structure, and the finish ends on a chalky hint conferred by the limestone. This finish expresses a soil, a typicality specific to the area.
With regards to the wood, we look for a particular type of barrique/barrel. We favour fine and tight grains and avoid at all costs long and intense aromatizing toasting. By doing so, we obtain a medium that structures the mouth, the skeleton, but also preserves the integrity of the fruit.
Our objectives in the vineyard are therefore to stimulate the mechanisms that allow rots to grow deep in order to try and express through the limestone the freshness and the typicality of the area.
Romain Bocchio – Stéphane Derenoncourt Consultant