Benoit Ente

Benoit began to harvest on the 29/08 (ban des vendanges day) and finished around the 7/09. His aim was to ensure optimal ripeness in a year which where high degrees were difficult to achieve. Benoit is not a proponent of high alcohol/high extract wines so feels this year suits his style where natural acidity gives the wine structure and focus.

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Charles Audoin

In 2012, Cyril Audoin has a fine but very small vintage in the cellar. He began harvesting a week before most of his neighbours and harvested everything before the rain of 26th September. He observed a normal number of bunches at harvest, but with very small berries. The wines were racked out of barrel at the end of October, and will stay 6 months in tank before bottling. These are very fine and very serious wines, but there is something of a paradox here: Marsannay, as a less exalted village, has a reputation for lighter, and indeed cheaper wines than those from the more famous crus just down the road, but though these wines are 25 – 30% less expensive, they are structured, serious and will certainly be long-lived.

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Domaine Chanson

The harvest started on the 17th of September at Domaine Chanson. When the grapes arrived at the winery we could confirm that the quality was there (healthy grapes, good maturity, good sugar level and acidity) however because of a limited number of grapes and significant millerandage the production was very small.
For the Pinot Noir grapes, the implementation of a new machine to cool the berries before ”encuvage” has played a decisive role in the winemaking, preserving the integrity of the grapes for the cold prefermentary maceration. As a result, the red wines are showing finesse, good freshness and depth.
Regarding the Chardonnays, the grapes were of high quality and slow pressing helped to collect the best juices. The wines are characterised by good balance and acidity that will soften with time.
In summary: 2012 was an exhausting vintage for the wine makers but the final result reveals a lot of good surprises with both the red and white wines, however the volume will be very small, likely less than half the classic yield in Burgundy.

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Domaine et Maison Henri Boillot

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Franck Follin-Arbelet does not come from a long line of vignerons, but rather trained as a geologist and geophysicist. He came to wine by way of his wife, Christine, whose family (Arbelet) had owned vines in the village since the 19th century, although they had historically been rented out. Franck began work at the estate in 1990 and now farms 6.5ha in some of the most prestigious sites in the appellation. In the vineyards, Franck works organically but eschews certification, whilst in the cellar he practices a ‘minimum intervention’ policy, with gentle extraction and subtle oak usage. Franck’s understated style may not be to everyone’s taste; the wines are elegant, and delicate, skilfully demonstrating the subtle differences between each site.
As across the region, 2012 here was a very small harvest (although bigger than 2013, when their
vineyards were hit by the biblical storm on the 23rd July). When we visited to taste from barrel at the end of October, some wines had not yet completed their malolactic fermentation, and Franck explained that whilst he hadn’t had any worries about stuck fermentations, getting the wines through this process had not been quick and easy this year, a story often repeated elsewhere. In spite of this, he has succeeded in producing an excellent range of wines of delicious freshness and purity, with typical Follin elegance.

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Henri Prudhon

This excellent-value family domaine goes back to 1945, when Henri Prudhon, the son of a vigneron, married and set out on his own. It is now run by his two grandsons, Vincent and Philippe – the former more trained in business studies and involved in the commercial side, while Philippe is more at home in the vineyards, having studied oenology. Whilst they possess vines in Puligny and Chassagne, it is their home village we are concentrating on in this offer. Those who have already tasted these wines will already be well aware of the excellent value they represent. Volumes here are down by 20% overall in 2012, due principally to hail damage, millerandage and some sunburn in August. The yield appeared reasonable on first inspection, but when the grapes were pressed, very little juice was extracted due to the thick skins the grapes had developed.

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Pierre Damoy

Pierre is not known for his big yields at the best of times so a vintage like this is a nightmare. Some of  the yields were approaching single figures. As usual Pierre’s wines were amongst some of the most  backward we tasted from barrel and their innate density this year will mean they will need even more  ageing than usual. They should be worth the wait!

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Rollin Pere et Fils

Domaine Rollin is a family-run domaine which is now under the direction of Simon Rollin, who
represents the fourth generation of the family to make wine here. It consists of 12 hectares of vines across 5 different villages. The house style is one of elegant and fruit forward wines which express their individual terroirs. The high altitude of Pernand always guarantees good tension and salinity, so there is serious minerality to match the open, fruity edge. Once a well-kept secret and still incredibly well-priced, many of the wines are already sold on allocation, but we are pleased to be able to offer a red and white each from this excellent domaine which always punches above its weight.
2013 is the real nightmare vintage, when Pernand was badly hit by hail, so in comparison Simon and his father were relatively happy – or at least philosophical – about the volumes they achieved in 2012. Across the various wines produced, they are down by between 15 and 20% on the reds and by 30% on the whites. Quality-wise they were delighted, producing wines with good, fruit-forward character and a charming openness, whilst at the same time having the backbone and energy to stay the course.

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