High on the slope, with very thin, poor soil over limestone, this is a vineyard which gives mineral wines. 42-yer old vines. 25% new oak. Tighter than the Chalumeaux, with a more obvious spine of minerality. That white fruit nose, but here a touch of red fruit as well. Immediate, intense, it’s textured but lighter and tighter than the Chalumeaux, with a more obvious spine of minerality, one can sense the altitude, concentrated, racy, and long, with the finish opening to notes of peach and honeysuckle.
About the Domaine
This 15 ha domaine is now run by Alexandra and Yann Pascal, a husband-and-wife
team. They own vines in Puligny, Meursault, Auxey and Volnay. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been able to visit and taste, so we’re very pleased to be working together again.
The quality here has taken a definite jump. Since 2018 the elevage has been extended, the whites now see around 9 months in barrel, new oak used sparingly, and 4 months + in tank on their lees, to gain complexity. A minimal filtration is carried out before bottling, and the wines are sealed with Diam corks. Alexandra told us that whereas 2019 was rich, 2020 was classical, remarkably so, despite the conditions.
They enjoyed great weather from March to September, with a little rain here and
there. They began harvesting for Crémant on the 17th of August and were all done
by the 30th. Their earliest ever harvest. The warm, dry conditions had given healthy
grapes with thick skins. Fermentations were trouble free, and Alexandra feels the
wines have a subtle richness, but not at the expense of freshness or tension.