Beaune 1er Cru "Les Perrières" 2018

The vintage

The weather in 2018 has been quite tricky, with a cold, humid winter, followed by temperature rises reaching 30+ degrees starting April. This combination of these factors made the vines grow very quickly, we had to work hard to follow nature’s fast pace! 

The harvest started the 23rd of August, and lasted 3 weeks. The quality of the juice is surprising. We believe that our biodynamic practices helped the vines give their best despite the heat waves. As a result, our wines show an incredible balance between alcohol and freshness, and we did not produce any cuvée above 13,4 degrees! 

The quality of the reds allowed us to use an important percentage of whole clusters. Gentle vinification, smooth extraction. We are very pleased with the floral bouquet, with nice dark fruits. The tannins are very well integrated, with a delicate touch and texture.  

Tasting notes

The 2018 Beaune Les Perrières 1er Cru comes from the domaine’s most limestone-rich vineyard and is made with one-third whole cluster. It has an attractive bouquet of raspberry, black currant and light floral aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The medium-bodied palate delivers crunchy tannins. A little rigid at the moment, with a correct, linear finish that just needs a little more flesh to develop by the time of bottling. My feeling is that this will be a long-term Beaune.

by Neal Martin, Vinious, 90-92