It was great to catch up with the (almost) newly expanded team at Joseph Voillot today.
Etienne Chaix, the nephew of Jean-Pierre Charlot is due to start full-time at the domaine in April – but today he was roped in, early, for a tasting in Beaune. I know that Jean-Pierre was super-happy to have settled the ‘succession’ of the domaine in this way – and now that he can concentrate on his vines, he is, as you can see, a very happy man – I’m not so sure about Etienne though 😉
Then the news I heard yesterday was of a new cuvée for the Hospices de Beaune – an Echézeaux no-less.
A tasting this week at Mongeard-Mugneret of Vosne-Romanée, raised the question of their Echézeaux vieilles-vignes cuvée. It seems that from 2016, they no longer have that cuvée. These vines were actually rented to the domaine by their owner. That owner recently passed away, and their wish was that the vines should, afterwards, pass to the Hospices. In terms of the top red price at the auction, I expect that this will give their Mazis-Chambertin a run for its money.
After the price increase of +55% for the Hospices de Nuits auction last Sunday, it seems – at least for the 2015 reds – the sky remains the limit. It will be (more than!) interesting to see how the 2016 vintage proceeds…