Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Suchots 2012

SKU/Code: 
DB0424-12
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Country: 
France
Region: 
Burgundy
Arnoux-Lachaux

This vineyard is less than half a hectare in an exceptional spot, circled by Romanée-Saint-Vivant and the Richebourg to the south, and by the Echézeaux to the north. The average age of the vines on this vineyard is between 60 and 70 years old.

The wine is fermented 50% whole-cluster; the fruit is put in tank without any crushing. A cold soak follows, then the alcoholic fermentation takes place with very little intervention,with pump-overs and punch-downs as needed. The wine is then gravity-fed into French oak barrels (30% one-year-old, 70% new) for malolactic fermentation and aging. Bottled at the beginning of March.

 

92-94 points
"(from a .45 ha parcel situated at the very top of the vineyard; 50% whole cluster). Lachaux noted that there was a very high percentage of shot berries in 2012 and it shows as there is a palpable density to the fruit and flavors that is most impressive. The notably spicy black fruit and violet aromas introduce exceptionally concentrated and mouth coating flavors as the abundant sap completely buffers the otherwise firm tannic spine on the balanced and wonderfully persistent finish. This is at once seductive but serious and should amply repay mid-term cellaring. (92-94)/2024+"
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, #53, Jan-March 2014