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This was Benjamin Leroux’s last vintage at Domaine du Comte Armand and possibly his smallest yet. Just 18 barrels of Clos des Epeneaux have been made, with a yield of around eight hectolitres per hectare. The vintage began on 25th September with good looking grapes and decent maturity. Benjamin is staying involved to see the vintage into bottle, though otherwise Paul Zinetti is now securely in charge.
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Poor spring with difficult flowering, though this varied from one vineyard to another. Old vines suffered worse. The reds were later to flower, with better results, and for the first time were picked after the whites, which needed to be harvested quickly before rot set in. The balance of the whites has ended up quite similar to 2012, with the same acidity but the fruit more exuberant in style. One technical note on quality: Olivier presses his whites for much longer now, which intensifies the dry extract and will preserve longevity.
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Jean-Baptiste reports hardly any hail damage in 2013 but the crop was nonetheless limited by cold damp weather at the flowering. He began picking on 26th September, with all the whites picked before the wet weekend. Malolactic fermentation took a little longer than usual but no real problems in the cellar. The wines will be bottled in December, or January for the Premiers Crus.
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It was a rush to get everything in on time in the Mâcon vineyards but the team managed it. All the wines now show a light touch of deliberate reduction on first opening, part of the fresh, anti-oxidative regime.
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Patrick chose to begin early around 26 September in order to pick while the grapes were still healthy, the relatively high acidity encouraged him to stir the lees a little more than usual and the wines were racked into tank just before the new harvest, apart from the Corton-Charlemagne which is back in barrel.
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There have been some changes in vinification this year, making the wines a little more Jean-Marc Roulot in style: the grapes are now crushed before pressing, there is less settling of the juice, very little new wood is used and the wines are racked into tank after a year but still kept on their lees. The grapes were picked during the last week in September. Overall, this is an excellent result for the team at Château de Puligny.
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The harvest began with whites on 26th September, before the rain, then the reds were brought in during less good weather, with sorting necessary. The stems were ripe enough to allow for whole bunch vinification, and Pierre has chosen the soft pedal in 2013: not much punching down, more an infusion approach, less new wood and perhaps a shorter time in barrel. Pierre can see some elements of 2008 but with more weight, more flattering wines overall.
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Overall a low but not catastrophic 30 hectolitres per hectare for their own vineyards. The Domaine de la Soufrandière wines (the three from Pouilly-Vinzelles) were all picked between 27th and 29th September, clearly a great decision as these are some of the most sublime wines they have made, with a thrilling mineral precision coupled to the natural weight of the vintage.
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Sylvain began to pick his 2013s on 30th September. Some whites have been in bottle since early July, and some reds may also be bottled a little earlier than usual. Sylvain doesn't see a long elevage this year as he wants to avoid the whites becoming too fat. The reds have 10 to 20% whole bunch fermentation.
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Despite this being a very late season, Patrice compares 2013 to the fruit of early vintages such as 2007 and 2011, but with more stuffing. It also reminds him of 1980, a particularly successful vintage chez Rion. The 2013 crop is a small one though, a touch more than 2012 but less than 2011. They employed two sorting tables, and since the grapes which reached the vats were all healthy, they used less sulphur during vinification.
Nicholas feels that the saving grace of the 2013 vintage was the amount of small berries caused by millerandage. He has opted for minimum extraction but longish cuvaison. The white wines have not been stirred because they were rich enough naturally. They are expected to be bottled in December and will all be under DIAM corks, apart from the Grands Crus. The reds will be bottled during February.
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Château des Quarts in Pouilly-Fuissé is a monopole site, with a large percentage of old vines going back to 1917, is regarded as probably the best terroir in the whole appellation. When Olivier Merlin, dubbed ‘the wizard of the Maconnais’, was given the opportunity to purchase this historic property he hurriedly acquired the help of perhaps one of the best white wine makers in the world, Dominique Lafon, and in 2012 the new Château des Quarts was born. "…once in a lifetime opportunity. Financially speaking it was too expensive for me to purchase it alone so I called my good friend Dominique and told him about the possibility of acquiring the property. We went to look it over and as soon as Dominique saw it he said 'I'm in, this is an opportunity that we'll probably never see again.” Olivier Merlin The vineyard, Clos des Quarts, is located in Chaintré, the southernmost village of Pouilly-Fuissé. The vineyard of 2.23 hectares is surrounded by a high stone wall, overlooking the the Saône valley. They face east on a gentle slope comprising clay-limestone soil which is free-draining, making it the ideal site for the production of quality grapes. The 2013 vintage yielded an exceptionally low crop at the Château des Quarts, the old vines having tried to flower during a particularly cold damp snap in June. The result, however, is a particularly concentrated wine which spent 18 months in barrel, with one seventh new wood
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