Les Parcellaires de Saulx

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Marc Roy

Alexandrine Roy explained that 2017 was “so much easier to manage than 2016 that it almost seemed like a vacation relatively speaking. With that said, we had the same frost scare that we did in the prior year and thus we were out in the wee hours of the morning on the 26th and 27th of April ready to burn straw bales to create the necessary smoke screen. Ultimately, we had no damage because the conditions were drier than those of 2016 and we essentially had no damage to speak of. Moreover, because we had a real winter it killed many of the pests and spores so the growing season had almost no disease pressure. Bud burst came early and there was a generous fruit set along with a very fast and successful flowering with virtually no shatter. The summer was quite warm without being excessively hot which had the effect of thickening the skins and this helped against what little disease pressure there was. We picked from the 5th to the 9th of September and there was almost no sorting required. I destemmed the fruit completely and did a very soft vinification that favored pumping over relative to punching down during the 15 to 18 day cuvaison. Regarding the wines, I love the ‘17s for their unabashed freshness and energy. They are already a pleasure to drink and I think that they will be enjoyable young, old or in between.” As commented on in the past, Roy just doesn’t seem to miss as she’s a perfectionist and 2017 will not disappoint her legion of fans.

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Michel Bouzereau

The harvest started on 30th August in Caillerets and Charmes, and was finished by 9th September. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flowered in warm weather at the same time but, whilst the Pinot loved the heat, Chardonnay did not, with the resulting coulure and millerandage restricting yields to around 50hl/ha. There was also some frost damage on the lower-lying Bourgogne parcels (which now carry the Côte d’Or appellation) and volumes are consequently down on 2016. Jean-Baptiste looked to get texture into his wines from skin contact (he crushes before pressing) and an extended fermentation rather than through batonnage, seeking to capture as much of the vital balancing freshness as possible. For Jean-Baptiste, 2017 is a very complete vintage, offering a wide and complex range of aromas and flavours.

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Michel Gros

Michel picked between 8th and 20th September. "There was a little rain, but no problem. The fruit was very ripe. There were two months of minimum daytime temperatures of more than 30 °C – but maturity was not blocked. There are good volumes – the biggest vintage since 2009. The vines which were frosted in 2016 have given a bigger yield than those which weren’t. There was no rot at all and the grapes hardly needed sorting. There is low acidity, low malic acid and pHs are quite high – similar to 2007, but with more density and concentration. The wines are round and rich, with supple tannins."

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Michel Moingeon

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Michel Niellon

Michel Coutoux told us “It was an early vintage. An early, hot spring, everything developed rapidly. Good weather, warm temperatures and some rain. The end of August was hot, and rain came at the right time to ensure physiological maturity. There were no maladies and the fruit was very healthy”. Michel began picking on 3rd September and concluded 6 days later. “It was an easy vinification. Good pH, good sugar and acidity. Alcoholic fermentations were rapid and problem free and the wines were perfectly dry with no residual sugar. Malolactic was equally trouble free in February and March”. Michel likens his whites to the 2014 vintage.

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Michele et Patrice Rion

Patrice explains that the hard work they did at the start of the year in pruning short and carrying out a severe de-budding, as well as a little green harvest on younger vines, paid dividends in terms of avoiding excessive yields and consequent dilution. The dry and warm conditions towards the end of the season allowed them the luxury of choosing when to harvest, in fact beginning on the 9th September. Patrice compares the vintage to 1979 and 1989, highlighting the wines’ impeccable balance and freshness (the latter he prefers over power) as particular strengths.

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Patrick Javillier

Since our visit last year, Patrick’s dream of an appellation exclusively for generic wines from the Côte d’Or has been realised and the label of the estate’s estimable Cuvée Oligocène proudly announces its new status. For 2017 Patrick’s daughter Marion explained that they didn’t need to keep too much the lees, as the musts were already rich and they preferred to use batonnage for complexity. Harvesting began on 28th August, and Marion feels there is a purer expression of terroir this year than last.

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Paul et Marie Jacqueson

According to Marie Jacqueson, "2017 was a year of sunshine; a fresh spring, with a little frost on the 28th and 29th April, then the months of May, June, July and August were sunny. We started harvesting on 5th September and finished on 18th September in perfect conditions. We are very happy with this year. It gave some great whites and gourmands reds. In spite of the heat, the whites have beautiful acidities and will keep very well. The reds are already crunchy and they will begin to give pleasure rapidly".

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Philippe Colin

Philippe began picking the whites at the end of August, then the reds on the 5th and 6th September, the perfect conditions at harvest allowing them to take their time to pick each parcel as it ripened. He feels it is a good vintage for both colours, with correct - but not excessive - volumes and wines which are precise, with good acid structure, perfect balance and a good level of ripeness, “un millésime classique bourguignon” in his own words. In volume terms there is more wine across the board, the exception being Puligny Demoiselles, where there is slightly less than in 2016, and Chevalier-Montrachet, which is identical to 2016, Philippe’s parcel having been spared in ’16.

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