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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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The new premises in Chorey-lès-Beaune remain something of a building site externally. However, inside everything is in place for making fine wine, while upstairs an apartment has almost been completed for Sylvain, his wife and new baby. The whites have been a great success here since Sylvain’s first vintage (2007), while 2012 marks huge progress on the red wine front. A refined approach to the vinification process has produced much more perfumed fruit and has avoided the reductive aromas which sometimes used to appear.
Bottle 6 x 75cl6cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl3cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl71cs
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.
Bottle 12 x 75cl62cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl7cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl93cs
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.
Bottle 6 x 75cl141cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl81cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl92cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl19cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl2cs
Ladoix is found clustered around the hill of Corton and Loichet has produced a really complex wine with lots of energetic aromatics, floral characters and a balance of wood spice, lemon zest and minerality. Laura Atkinson, Private Account Manager
Do not worry if you have never heard of Ladoix, this will be a superb introduction to this little-known appellation. Sylvain Loichet’s 2011 has a fine pale colour, a really fabulous nose and magical class, we won’t quite say a poor man’s Corton-Charlemagne, but even so this is eye-catchingly fine. Fruit, weight, balance, purity, long mineral finish – all of those. Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director