2004 - Pure and Well-defined
As the old Burgundy proverb goes: "September makes the wine”. The weather definitely gave the vignerons of Burgundy a hard time during the year: there was a magnificent spring followed by a very unstable summer, characterized by hail storms in some areas, a pale sun most of the time and a cool August.
Fortunately, a glorious September brought back more than a ray of sunshine. Summer-like conditions and a warm and dry wind which significantly increased the grape maturation and enabled them to remain disease-free.
The harvest started at a rather early date: September 13th in Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise, September 20th in Côte d'Or and September 29th in Chablis.
Due to variation in the quality of the berries, a careful sorting of the grapes was essential. At the Domaine, just as with any other serious proprietor, it was necessary to sort out a good part of the crop. The vinification went rather slowly.
Contrary to 2003, mother nature was more generous (as a reminder, the yield in 2003 was 30 to 40% lower than in 2002!): our production in 2004 was 10% higher than the average of the last 10 years.
The wines have great purity, showing mineral qualities and acidity. Good evolution, especially for the Grand Crus. To drink or keep.
WHITES of Côte d'Or
Great purity. Beautiful style and elegance. On the palate, the wines feel ample and well focused, with floral aromas. Good balance between acidity and softness. Fruit and freshness give them a defined personality, typical of their origin. They are more typical than the 2005's, they are evolving well and are now ready to drink.
REDS of Côte d'Or
The reds show the colour normally associated with pinot noir of 8 years old. The bouquet is evolved. On the palate, the wines have a refined tannic structure. Ready to drink.