A rich deep and quite dark purple. The bouquet is explosive sumptuous, royal. Such ripe fruit but with the structure to manage it. The fruit is as dark as it can be though. However, it freshens up pleasingly with time in the glass and loses the slight over opulence. I can trace the path of the whole bunch vinification but it doesn’t dominate. Fresh enough finish structure wise, fruit remains at the maximum of acceptable ripeness.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy (November 2022)
On the initial attack, this has an almost incredibly forward, intensely expressive fruit that ranges from fraises de bois to pomegranate and black cherry, all suffused with lush notes of rose petal and lavender. Only with time does one realise the concentration, freshness and grippy length here. The grapes span the length of the slope and provide a wine that is at once lively and densely firm. There is plenty of whole cluster here, but nothing rustic, only polished elegance and finesse. This wine will age for decades to come.
Charles Curtis MW, Decanter (June 2022)
About this WINE
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.