VERY GOOD YEAR. POWERFUL, AROMATIC WINES; A VINTAGE TO LAY DOWN.
Small harvest for a quality vintageThe weather conditions in 2011 were capricious and unusual, alternating between very hot, very dry and very rainy periods.
The winter was rather short. It was mild and damp, as was the start of spring, which included a lot of sunshine and a few episodes of hail, which had little impact on the vineyard.
The summer was cool and wet, with a few thundery episodes, mainly in August, that caused some damage. After considerable rain, temperatures climbed again to above the seasonal average in a very sunny end to the summer.
The weather conditions led to a drop in yields but no reduction in quality.
Bud break: beginning of April
Flowering: second fortnight in May
Veraison: beginning of August
Start of the grape harvest at the end of August in perfect weather conditions. A great deal of variety in the red wines.
Overall, the wines from the 2011 vintage are very aromatic, high quality wines. Very expressive elegant, and powerful with a touch of delicacy.
This year and its unusual weather resulted in a normal harvest and an early vintage.
Grape harvest at the end of August until mid September.
White wines: good acidity, pleasant freshness, lively and expressive.
Côte de Nuits
A few episodes of hail affected the Côte de Nuits.
White wines: good balance of sugar and acidity, good freshness
Red wines: aromatic and well structured, well balanced.
Côte de Beaune
Episodes of hail at the end of July over Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet reduced the size of the harvest on the Côte de Beaune.
An episode of hail at the beginning of June over Rully resulted in a very low harvest.
The weather had no impact on the harvest, which was normal.