Tasted in Meursault with Romaric Chavy, 08 October 2018.
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Romaric on 2018:
“The harvest was a good recompense for all the hard work that we had done. We started harvesting on the 27 August, only 2 days earlier than in 2017 – I’m very happy with the result, it’s good for everyone, I’d even say vital for some small domaines who have struggled with low volumes in recent years.”
Romaric on 2017:
“2017 shows lots of good fruit with a fine cleanliness. There was some frost but much less than in 2016 – only a few percent was lost. The maturity was quite homogenous, but after the experience of 2016 I’m very happy to see a decent quantity and consistency of fruit after the ‘complexity’ of that vintage! In 2017 the parcels are very well differentiated.”
All the wines are bottled. The Bourgogne at the end of June, and rest just before the 2018 harvest. Romaric is staying with cork, but they are individually tested for TCA…
Enjoyable wines in the main – some are excellent – occasionally they are even better than excellent!
2015 Bourgogne Les Femelottes
One parcel in the Puligny area of 2 hectares – below villages Reuchaux – but before the Route National. ‘There is actually better drainage here than the villages classified parcel.’ 1 additional hectare was planted in 2014 – a new purchase in the same vineyard which was planted with pinot before, so eventually there will be 3 hectares of this. It’s a big cuvée so is normally bottled in 2 lots. 9 months in barrel, no battonage, a 2 hour press and 24 h of settling.
A width yellow fruit – airy and attractive. Modest volume but fresh, fine, clarity – perhaps a faint touch of reduction – certainly a mineral impression in the finish with almost a lime fruit accent. Very fine…
2017 Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères
A depth of aroma that’s mineral-reductive. Hmm, direct but with a lovely richness and complexity. Very fine finishing flavour…
Just 50 metres from the Puligny Champs Gains. Always a late parcel and this year it was the last harvested.
Extra clarity – a pure aromatic – very inviting. Fresh, a little more zest to the fruit, more depth and dynamic in the flavour – bravo – super wine!
2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Champs Gains
Right up against the St.Aubin appellation and Dents du Chien.
A little vibration of agrume aroma here. A little less flesh, more direct and mouth-watering. Opening wider and wider in the finish – A wine starts modestly and just keeps getting better and better, wider and wider in the finish. Excellent!
2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Folatières
A nose that starts tight but slowly relaxes, opening, becoming a little floral, behind a slightly harder herb note today. Good scale – plenty of mouth-filling volume. This is rather mineral in style – the flavour redolent of the herb on the nose.
2017 Meursault les Casses Têtes
From just south of Tessons
Hmm, an easier nose, more inviting but still of mineral style. Hmm (again), wider, with more depth of flavour, sleek and complex in the middle – melting flavour. This is excellent, vibrant and delicious finishing.
2017 Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe
Just across the RN74 road behind the wall of Château Pommard. Old vines of small yield but concentration. 70 year-old vines. Fully destemmed and only remontage, trying to extract very slowly. 10% new oak
A depth of fruit – slightly macerating. Hmm, cordial style of fruit, but sleek and showing a really good texture. Concentrated and vibrant finishing.
2017 Pommard 1er Les Chanlins
Next to Volnay at the top of the hill. Very steep on white limestone soil.
This nose starts a little tight – slowly growing adding a little spice and a classier fruit than the Bourgogne. A touch of tannin in the texture, but very well-managed – a sleek wine, melting with flavour – très digeste. I really like the line and flavour here.