Ageing the 2010s has been longer and so consistent that we could definitely call it “regal” – “I’m over the moon!” says Pierre. And he has good reason to be, because each stage led gently into the next. The barrels were topped up from time to time and they enjoyed little sprinklings of sulfur every two months in homeopathic measures of 3cl per pièce to offer a minimum protection to these nonetheless healthy and robust wines.
The style is becoming more defined to the delight of the winemaker, both for the reds and the whites. It is atypical, characterized at the estate by a hierarchy that is respected and uniform levels of quality. We must confess that each year, there is always a little disappointment with one appellation or cuvée that is less of a success than usual, but this time, we have to say there is not a single one that isn’t up to standard.
The reds are zesty and fruity with a typically Burgundian style. They are fresh without too much acidity and reveal silky, flattering tannins. This will no doubt be a vintage with good keeping potential but the more modest appellations can nonetheless be enjoyed young.
The whites are fruity and accessible. They are also crisp with a minerality that foretells their good keeping potential. We have a soft spot for the Corton-Charlemagne, which is very elegant and almost arrogant in the way it stakes its claim for its noble ranking.
Our only regret is the low quantities of these divine nectars, down 40% on the extremely abundant 2009s. This is due to low yields of around 24 hl/ha for the reds and 29 for the whites. But this pattern was repeated across the region in 2010.
The last word goes to Pierre who described this, his fifth vintage at the estate as his “most highly-accomplished!” An assessment that needs no further explanation.