Tasted with Anne Parent in Pommard, 21 June 2019.
Domaine Anne et Catherine Parent
3 rue de la Métairie
Tel: +33 3 80 22 15 08
Anne on the 2019 frost:
“We had just a little damage in our generics and also a little in our Beaune 1er Cru. Maybe 25% losses, it’s still early to say, but the rest were okay…”
Anne on the 2017 vintage:
“2917 is a charming vintage with quite some seduction. There’s not the same tannin as we see in the 2015s and 2016s – the tannin is of-course there, but it’s much silkier in 2017.”
Anne has managed to combine both concentration and elegance in her 2017s – her Epenots is a real beauty this year.
Just a quick tour of selected cuvées:
2017 Ladoix 1er La Corvée
Hmm, there’s a good depth of aroma here, some perfume with a little oak. Round, silky, with a lovely depth of flavour. The oak is cushioning the flavour today, but it’s obviously a delicious wine.
2017 Pommard La Croix Blanche
Deep soil with brown clay, marls with dolomite limestone, not too compact. 10% whole clusters.
A touch of spice to the aromatic width here, quite deep, aeration brings fine florals – getting better all the time. Round, lovely depth of fruit, a little grain of tannin here, long, it’s touched by a little oak, but delicious again.
‘The most sophisticated wine of Pommard.’
Ooh thats a great nose – perfumed, super depth – young and super, growing with florals. More volume but also more open too. A modest grain of tannin, supple, long. This is a great Epenots from the domaine.
2017 Corton Renardes
100% whole clusters – since 2015 – then 17 months all new barrels.
An obvious rose-petal nose, becoming more vibrant and adding further clarity with air – lovely complexity. Roses again in the flavours, complex, open, but there’s a concentration in the middle too, despite the finesse. Long, slightly more structural finishing. Excellent!
Finishing with a little white:
Northern exposure, mid-slope, lots of limestone. Bought grapes.
A little more volume and openness of aroma – though still a little less aromatic intensity. Like the nose more open, nice volume, delicious, no oak smoke – gorgeous. For drinking now! And such a lovely vibration of minerality in the finish. Bravo!
2017 Corton Blanc
From En Rognets et Corton, 100% new oak – 17 months elevaged.
Hmm – wide and granular, an almost smoky complexity. Volume, smoke from the barrel in the flavour. Driving, mineral, saline and smoke again. Small finishing waves of flavour. A little discreet but delicious and beautifully assembled. I’m sure that this will ‘grow’ with age…