Spring was exceptionally warm and dry and started the vine growing cycle earlier than usual (as in 2011).
On June 28, a major climatic change happened with a hail storm (more violent from Meursault to Beaune). After this hail storm, summer remained rather cold and humid. Sun was back only 3 weeks before harvest, that started on september 13 in Chassagne.
To conclude, the right balance between freshness and ripeness is reached thanks to this number of weather épisodes that implied spring high températures, summer rains and return of sunshine in indian summer time.
We provide traditional manual culture work and care to the vine from november to July: cordon de royat pruning, ploughing, debudding for yield control, shot knitting and only when necessary spraying against the vine diseases.
The time and care we give to the vine is key to wine quality.
First steps include a few days of pre-fermentation cold maceration, followed by about 10 days of alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank, skin crushing, ageing partly in tank (2/3) and oak (1/3).
Then comes natural malolactic fermentation at cellar temperature (13 to 14° C).
After 12 months of ageing, the wine is pumped back to one tank for bottling preparation.