The Terroir and its vines
By the end of 2011, the Domaine acquired a 23 ares vine in les Chaumées climat, one of the famous Chassagne Montrachet Premiers Crus. East-facing, the rocky outcrop protects this climat to the west, extending to the famous career of Chassagne. The soil of this plot consists in clay and limestone, is brown and very shallow in its upper part. It stands on hard oolitic limestone.
It is an ideal terroir for the greatest white wines produced with the Chardonnay vine variety. This vine was planted in 1989, with a density of 10.000 vines per hectare.
The 2012 Vintage
The first Chassagne Montrachet vintage harvested by the Domaine, 2012 was characterized by a cold, wet spring resulting in some flower abortion and uneven grape size, and fewer and smaller bunches. Hail storms in July and August also significantly reduced the crop. Good weather in September enabled us to pick well-ripened grapes on 24 September.
The yield was 30 hectolitres per hectare.
The wines were fermented and matured entirely in oak barrels, with two-thirds new barrels. Bottling took place on 16 September 2013, with 650 standard-sized bottles and 100 magnums.
Notes: this wine will be available mid 2014