Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...
viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.
The La Maladière vineyard, located above the village of Santenay, enjoys eastern exposure and lies over fissured limestone topped with a thin layer of marl.
Overall, 2013 was a classic vintage, 'very Burgundian' in the sense that they harvested late, with 75% of the grapes picked in October. Except for an incidence of hail which affected the Côte de Beaune, there was no variation in quality between the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. The small production was due to climatic influences including coulure and millerandage, but also hail. Virtually no areas were spared in this respect. Therefore, yields were very small. The reds are fleshy, succulent, more concentrated than for example the 2011s, which bodes well for the cellaring of this vintage.
At the winery, the grapes were completely destemmed but not crushed. They were left whole and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasted a total of 22 days, including one week of cold maceration at 12°C. Fermentation was with indigenous yeasts only. No additives such as enzymes or tannins were used. In the cellar, the wine was aged on the lees for 16 months in 20% new French oak barrels. There was no racking. The barrels used had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time and impart a lovely, delicate touch of oak to the wine.
A deep colour with flashes of ruby. The nose is bursting with red fruits coupled with liquorice and leather nuances. The elegant palate boasts a lovely, long finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Pinot Noir|
|Region||Côte de Beaune, Burgundy|
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