Tasted in Chorey-lès-Beaune with Nathalie Tollot, 06 November, 2017.
Domaine Tollot-Beaut & Fils
Rue Alexandre Tollot
Tel: +33 3 80 22 16 54
Nathalie on 2017:
“In 2017 we are finally happy! We have three times more grapes than in 2016 – it’s a vintage that speaks a little of 2009 in terms of its charm and colour. I like vintages with acidity and there’s less material than in 2016. It’s just starting its malos now. Our harvest started 05 September – the 02 September brought storms, some places only 25mm of rain but others 100mm – it was better to wait a few days after rain like that.”
Nathalie on 2016:
“It has its own style this vintage, because both the frosted and non-frosted vines have the same style. In the vines it was hard to keep the shape of the vines, there was such a push from the weeds – it needed one-third more time to do the manual work! Savigny was the worst hit, but we were overall minus 70% for volume. But the east-facing part of Corton was a normal harvest volume. Our Bourgogne vines were bad, particularly the losses were worse in the chardonnay – even my father doesn’t remember a vintage like that! ”
Such a small volume here this vintage – but proportionally the villages and 1er crus are simply outstanding – bravo!
Usually made from two parcels that total 3 hectares, all from Chorey-lès-Beaune. A part had previously been classified as ‘Chorey’ before being reclassified as Bourgogne in 2006. Probably to bottle end of january.
Bright red berry – supple. Really a super depth, the texture of an upper-villages – really some concentration here. Finely mouth-watering in the finish. Super bourgogne!
The Chorey Pièce au Chapitre was so small that it was blended into the villages.
A little more aromatic depth here – a hint of barrel in this too. A little extra sucrosity but also structure – really a good balance between the two – lots of power and delicious flavour.
“Next, the misery of Savigny – we have over 3 hectares but only 9 barrels.”
There is some dark oak on the nose here, but it’s also a fabulously clean and attractive fruit too. Supple, with depth and texture. Waves of flavour with a modest underpinning of tannin. Juicy finishing.
“There’s also no Beaune villages from Blanchefleurs this year.”
2016 Beaune 1er Cru
2/3 Clos du Roi, the rest is Grèves
Here the nose is a little sleeker version of the Savigny. More direct, more serious structure, but gorgeous finishing and mid-palate flavour. There’s really a massive depth of concentration in these wines.
An assembly of four different parcels of vines, adding up to 2 hectares. This area, had only a little frost – almost normal yields.
Smaller berries and flowers on the nose. – lovely. Supple, delicious, slowly growing flavour, waves of fine finishing flavour. For a villages this is really outstanding.
14 years ago half of this vineyard was replanted with a massale selection, the old vines were pulled out between 2012-2013 and replanted in 2015. A ‘très fin’ selection, with longer clusters so the grapes touch much less..
A more airy and wide nose. Transparent, pure fruit, extra tannin with a saline bite and tension. This is the fresher more complex brother of the previous and it’s brilliant.
2016 Aloxe-Corton 1er Fournières
Here zero frost the other aloxes had just a touch
A little tighter – there is depth but a more modest top nose. Fresh, bright, great energy, a rub, more of a drag, of tannin. In the end an interesting grain of finishing tannin. More architectural and very fine, but I’ll take the last if I must choose. Last drops have some violet flowers…
2016 Corton Combes
This vineyard sits above the road, over Corton Vigne au Saint
A vibrant top note, flowers, red fruit and a faint oak spice. Finer texture than the previous Aloxe 1er – fine-grained tannin, a little oak flavour in the finish – oaky but delicious.
Here’s a more smoky, spicy complex nose but not overtly intense. Supple, growing in all dimensions, great texture here and holds a broad, long finish. Excellent but much more baby wine than the Combs
Already lots of width and sous bois on the nose, a modest and inviting roundness of aroma. Wide, fresh, with a maturity to the flavours but still with plenty of structure – yum!
2016 Bourgogne Blanc
“Very rare! 60% less. But in tank since after the harvest and it’s still there.” To bottle in January.
A fine lemon nose and decently fresh. Some gas, but a depth of texture with a suggestion of fat – the energy is good here. Bulky flavour in the finish but a big tasty wine of fine balance.
A certain freshness and really some depth too – but limited in width today. Gas, direct, lots of energy, slowly leaching flavour from the gums. A wine that opens wider and wider in the finish – lovely…