The 2013 Wines
In our first year, the 2013 vintage, we produced just over 300 cases – two Chardonnays and five Pinot Noirs.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘En Remilly’ 2013
3.5 Barrels | 881 Bottles Produced
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘En Cailleret’ 2013
2 Barrels | 509 Bottles Produced
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Combe au Moine’ 2013
1.5 Barrels | 366 Bottles Produced
Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Chanlins’ 2013
2 Barrels | 517 Bottles Produced
Vosne-Romanée ‘Champs-Perdrix’ 2013
1 Barrel | 236 Bottles Produced
Gevrey-Chambertin ‘La Justice’ 2013
4 Barrels | 1081 Bottles Produced
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013
2 Barrels | 493 Bottles Produced
The 2013 Vintage
The 2013 vintage in Burgundy was truly challenging in every sense of the word. As a new négociant in Burgundy we expected that it wouldn’t be easy to find grapes and after the two small harvests of 2011 and 2012 we knew that it would be even more difficult. What we didn’t expect was that 2013 would also be a difficult year with challenging weather conditions and extremely small yields.
Coming off of a particularly long and cold winter spring was very shy to come around. In fact we didn’t see much of a spring. Temperatures were unseasonably low in April and May and the Cote d’Or was inundated with rain causing flooding throughout the region. Flowering took place under grey skies and we experienced a significant amount of coulure (unfertilized flowers thus no grape development) due to the poor conditions. As we rolled into June it was clear that yields were down and the growing season was behind schedule by approximately two weeks. While this was unusual, it was promising for us as it gave us more time to look for grape contracts – although we knew there might not be many. The weather finally warmed up around mid July which helped with the development and maturity of the grapes. For us things were looking up as we had found our first grape contact. It seemed like summer had finally arrived! Just as quickly as we had found grapes they were gone with the arrival of a violent hail storm on the 23rd of July which damaged a significant amount of the crop throughout the Côte de Beaune and destroyed our first grape contact. By August things had settled down and the rest of the growing season was blessed with ideal conditions to help ripen the remaining grapes. As we waited and tried to enjoy the summer weather we finally found what we had been waiting for, a grape contract working with an excellent vigneron on the Côte de Nuits. The rest of the contracts seemed to follow shortly after and before you know it we were into September and nearing the harvest.
Due to the ever present threat of rain and disease the harvest started for many in late September. Each day more and more people were in the vineyards picking. On the 2nd of October it was our turn and we set out to our first Chardonnay. The grapes were beautiful and showed a good level of maturity. The same can be said of our Pinot Noir grapes which had excellent color and good balance. Our harvest finished on the 10th of October with our Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Combe au Moine”.
The vintage has given us fresh wines with good ripeness and bright acidities. The 2013 vintage is showing to be a very good year despite the challenging growing conditions. Our Pinot Noirs are showcasing fresh fruit and soft tannins while the Chardonnays display playful acidity matched with exotic and dry fruits.