The 2014 vintage is comfortably resting in barrel in our new cellar! Malolactic fermentations (an integral winemaking process in which tart-tasting malic acid is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid) have completed with our second year of our chardonnays – Domaine Clos de la Chapelle Corton-Charlemagne and Beaune 1er Les Réversées. We will also be releasing our first Pernand-Verglesses 1er ‘Sous Frétille’ after losing the production of the vineyard to a hailstorm in 2013. Early samples suggest that these will shape up to be outstanding once they are bottled.
The red wines have begun their malo, and while this is the most awkward time to taste young wines, they too seem on track to set a high standard. Sadly, the grapes from our Beaune 1er Champ Pimont were devastated by the June hailstorms that raked the Cote de Beaune, so there will not be any wine for the second consecutive year.
Overall, our production will be up in spite of the hailstorms. After losing 50% of the crop in 2013, and a staggering 85% in 2012, we were able to bring in about two-thirds of the grapes of the Domaine’s vineyards – a true bumper crop!
The 2013s are beginning to ship. We bottled our three core vineyards, Volnay Clos de la Chapelle, Volnay En Carelle and Pommard Chanlins last September after malos completed in March. Interestingly, many of our new acquisitions were slower to start. Our Cortons Rognet and Bressandes, as well as our Pommard Grand Epenots and Volnay Taillepieds started their malos in August, finished in November, and were bottled in February. Sign up for our new private club to be one of the first consumers to get this wine!