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It was difficult at the start and difficult at the end but OK in between”, says Nicolas, who began harvesting on 6th October. Younger vines flowered better, giving more volume than 2012, and only the Beaune vineyards were hailed on. There were no grave problems with rot, and they avoided heavy extraction as the colour came easily enough. Nicolas noted that cool vintages such as 2013 are best for terroir definition, and certainly the hallmark of his wines this year is elegance, and precision.
Bottle 6 x 75cl26cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl13cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl2cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl2cs
Quantities were down a further 15% on the previous two vintages. However Nicolas Rossignol reports that there were no problems in vinification, and they have added a further refinement this year with a new state-of-theart de-stemmer, which leaves the individual berries whole as it takes them off their stems. Given the natural concentration of the fruit in 2012, there was no need to seek much extraction. Once again this domaine offers superb quality at reasonable prices.
Several years down the road since they switched to biodynamic farming, the Rossignol brothers are looking at ways to fine-tune the finished product with a few tweaks in their cellar work. They have been careful to aerate their excellent 2010s throughout the vinification process to avoid any problems of reduction and to soften the end palate of the wines. Some stems were used again this year, albeit less than in 2009.
Very perfumed on the nose this year and quite sensual, it is a fine result. 50% stems offer roses and graceful red fruit on a very suave palate with several layers of fruit and a lingering finish. Jasper Morris MW, Berrys' Burgundy Director