Sylvain Loichet - 2014
Exclusively sourced from a one hectare parcel of vines situated at the top of the village of Comblanchien, not far from the quarries of “French Carrara”, on a very stony, steep slope. The grapes undergo a week-long cold maceration and then a three week fermentation in conical wooden vats. Maturation in 1-4 year old French oak barrels for 24 months provides the final ‘polish’. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration in order to leave its full character intact. Classically restrained bouquet that offers a telling medley of damson, cool autumnal leaf litter, and dark cherry with just a crack of pepper to add an element of spice. Vigour, drive and minerality, alongside its appealing savoury character and finely judged tannins adds up to a ‘proper’ red Burgundy at a very fair price.
16.5/20 – JancisRobinson.com, ‘Baked red fruits, clove spice, grainy tannin, bright acidity, slight violet aromas on the finish. Plenty of vivid, eye-widening (but not watering) acidity.‘ Richard Hemming MW, October 2017 (2014 vintage)