Pauline Passot – 2019


Pauline Passot 2021Tasted with Pauline Passot in windy Chiroubles (sorry about the hair!) 24 February 2021

Domaine de la Grosse Pierre
Pauline Passot

409 Route de la Grosse Pierre
69115 Chiroubles
Tel: +33 4 74 69 12 17
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Pauline on 2019:
2019 was not too complicated, also no frost so it was relatively easy – and the wines are good! It’s a year with freshness with some finesse in the wines – they are a bit less solar. Whilst we had no frost we did have a little oïdium – it’s rare here on the hills – so the volume was down a bit but not too much. We still averaged 40 hl/ha.

The wines…

A fine range from Pauline – I even bouught some!

2019 Chiroubles La Grosse Pierre
The major cuvée here, vines around the domaine 3.5 ha, decomposed granite, sandy soils but quite deep.
Hmm, that’s a lovely perfumed nose, with ripe red fruit – that’s really lovely. Wide and fresh, there’s a concentration and a lovely line of direction and minerality. That’s a super wine – one that I’d wait for a little but super, super!

2019 Chiroubles Claudius
Also from Gross Pierre but here about 2 ha worth and the older vines of the domaine – an average of about 80-years-old. Vinification and elevage the same as the previous.
Also perfumed but here a little more vibrant and also touched with some salinity – the next sniff and this has opened with fabulous dimensions. A little more depth to this fruit flavour, a very slight extra cushion too. A similar drive to the last wine but with just a touch more sucrosity – you hardly need to wait for this one. That’s a great Chrioubles.

2019 Chiroubles Au Cras
At 460 m – another lieu-dit. This the last bottling, done just 3 weeks ago. From the high part of Chiroubles over 150m higher than the Grosse Pierre vines but directly south-facing. Much closer to the mother rock here.
A more red-fruited, almost calmer nose – a very faint suggestion of pyrazine. Wide, it’s a more mineral width too. Higher tones in this flavour profile – yes a little pyrazine but adding complexity.

2019 Fleurie Bel Air
Half a hectare here, close to the limit of Chiroubles – the soil very granite rose.
A deeper nose – perfumed and rather floral, more red-fruited. Mouth-filling – there’s a lovely energy here – an open clarity of flavour too. Easy red-fruited and tasty – the best part is the wonderful nose.

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