Tasted in Aloxe-Corton with Remi Poisot, 20 November 2017.
Domaine Poisot Père & Fils
14 Avenue Charles Jaffelin
Tel: +33 3 80 21 16 91
Remi Poisot has a new home in Aloxe-Corton – there’s a lot of potential here, but for the moment just potential! That said, the cellar is still a great improvement on the last one – despite a relative lack of electricity!
Remi on 2017:
“The season was easier than in 2016, but I had one problem in Romanée St.Vivant – the caterpillars! Despite such a cold winter, there were so many of them – daytime caterpillars – we get the nighttime version too in Charlemagne but I’ve never seen so many – maybe 15% of the potential crop was lost I’d call it an infestation! There were a lot in Pernand too, but not like in RSV. On the other hand, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen the correct yields in my Corton-Bressandes. After so many vintages with 60% losses I decided to pull out half of the Charlemagne vines for replanting this year – despite that made more than in 2016!”
Remi on 2016:
“I lost 70% in Corton-Charlemagne but had no frost in RSV. The bottom of Pernand lost to the frost but above was a normal harvest. The whites were hard because of the stress at the end of the summer – maturity was a little blocked due to lack of water. For the reds that was less problematic, but they would still have been better with some rain. I thinks the whites quite difficult. Reds we made the rendement, maybe 5% down in RSV for example. Bressandes brought 6 from 8 possible barrels so no complaints.”
This year the wines seem quite backward – even the 2015s we tasted too. All were clearly super and there seemed to be the potential for greatness in a couple of wines, but potential was mostly what I could point to.
2nd harvest, planted in 2013. ‘A young, vigorous vine – vigorous with leaf growth, but not so many grapes!’
A bright, open, deep Pernand nose – it’s almost a reductive thing about Pernand. Wide, pretty mineral with fine finishing complexity. It could be more concentrated, but it’s a tasty wine.
A deeper, fruitier, yellow citrus nose. Again mineral different in fruit style. More concentrated, saline but with fine balanced weight. More finishing weight and ripeness, the same minerality.
A little reductive, but that’s quickly gone – good fresh volume above. Beautiful precise notes, intense but mobile. Concentrated but mineral and wide. Long, long, long. Super wine!
Ooh that’s a nice volume of aroma – deep too. Wide, almost creamy, extra minerals but with a density of material that manages to remain balanced. Long, long again – possibly this will need more time than the 2016 to fully open. I’ve a slight preference for the 2016.
There is very little red Pernand 1er in 2016, and what there is was still in malo so we didn’t taste it.
A nice volume of aroma but its holding on tight to the seemingly (potentially) ample red fruit. Ooh, that’s fresh, direct, mouth-watering, long, super fresh wine – a great mineral wine – it lacks a little deliciousness today but there is really great material here for the patient – it’s almost like a red Charlemagne!
Deep, slightly reductive nose. Slowly a beautiful berry fruit comes through. Wide, delicate, pure, deliciously complex, a modest but beautiful finishing flavour. There is great potential here.
‘Less 60% volume in this vintage.
A floral but deep nose, more overt concentration. More weight of flavour, richer, but a cushioned richness, with melting flavour and no sharp edges. The last drops in the glass are fresh and floral – a really great pointer.
2016 Romanée St.Vivant
A big nose, spiced but accented with reduction too. Fine volume, good freshness, slowly growing in complexity – complex and saline – changing a lot. This long, but it clearly needs quite a bit more elevage. Tons of potential
Such a deep colour – I can tell even in the semi-dark! Lots of higher-toned volume, great width, more modest below. Like the nose, super-width, fine tannin, lovely balance of acidity, crunchy fruit in the finish, an absolute baby but lots to wait for.