Domaine des Croix is still ‘on the way’ to being settled.
The major rennovations to the domaine that should have been completed by the 2007 harvest look like they should finally be complete for the 2008 harvest! It’s been a tougher time than anticipated for the manager David Croix, not only juggling the domaine with his ‘other job’ at Camille Giroud, but still having to project manage the site-work at des Croix too.
I was able to taste the 2007’s from barrel in May 2008 and frankly they were far too reduced to give you any meaningful data. The 2006’s were also a little ‘work in progress’ too – that because they had only been in bottle a few days when I arrived. You should bear that in mind when you look at the small selection of notes below – the wines were decanted and then consumed over 2 hours. I had a mixed case on order, and I will still take it!
Only one small piece of news, and that is: for 2008, all the domaine’s vineyards have been converted to ‘organic’ management.
Medium yellow. The nose is wide and shows a complex mix of fruits; pineapple, melon, lemon and a white blossom note. Rich concentration with real intensity in the mid-palate and nicely-judged acidity. The flavours in the finish start slightly savoury and fade in a creamier way. Very young but has good potential.
2006 des Croix, Beaune 1er Pertuisots
Medium colour. Wide and soft aromas of some density and quite glossy red fruit. The palate is wide and initially shows some spritz. Lots of flavour, though a large portion of that is oak. The tannins have a little grain but there’s good length. The tannins soften with air-time as the dissolved gas slowly disappeared.
The nose is much narrower but more mineral than the Pertuisots – a floral note eventually escapes from the glass. The palate, likewise, shows less fat and despite more tannin, it is finer grained than the Pertuisots. There is less overt oak flavour, except in the finish – which is long – but has a little bitter young oak to it.
Both reds need to settle in their bottles, and probably require 2+ years for the oak to integrate.