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The Loichets come from Comblanchien (southern end of Cote de Nuits), as well known for its marble quarrying industry as for its vines. Indeed the previous two generations of Loichets have been stone masons rather than vignerons but they kept ownership of their vineyards (Cote de Nuits Villages, Clos de Vougeot and Ladoix blanc) which the talented Sylvain (early 20s) has taken back. Since he does not own enough vines to make a really decent living, he has added some well chosen negociant cuvees (mostly white) which are equally impressive. The white wines are made with a great sense of precision and are full of energy. The reds are vigorous, full of fruit and look set to age very well.
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Bottle 6 x 75cl
Bottle 6 x 75cl
This is a thoroughly fine range from the young and enthusiastic Sylvain Loichet in 2010. The whites have their usual energy and pure fruit while the reds have been fine-tuned, with a slightly shorter time in vat producing far more elegant wines. This is becoming an exceptionally good address. Note also the two cuvées of Corton-Charlemagne from different parts of the hill. Sylvain’s parcel of vines is over seventy years old and is situated in the south of the Clos, towards Voosne-Romanée, around halfway up the vineyard on deep clay soils with a well-drained, stony topsoil. From the excellent 2010 vintage, this wine is now really coming into its stride, unfurling majestically from its slumber to reveal beguiling aromas of black and red berry fruits. The previously tightly-wound palate has opened up beautifully to reveal a silky tannic structure backed up by the genuine power of a Grand Cru. Drinking beautifully now, but will continue to improve for several years.