Pernand- Vergelesses 1er Cru " Sous Fretille" 2011

The vintage

We harvested from the 27th of August through the 8th of September.

For us, because we love whites with crispness, minerality and tension, we are confident to say the 2011 vintage is a great vintage for whites. The grapes were very healthy, and the pressing, settling and fermenting unfolded easily, thanks to the generous acidity levels.

The qualities found in the reds are just as pertinents for the whites. Fresh, mineral and floral with notes of citrus and white flowers, the aromas are clean and precise. The palates are vibrant, with a nice combination of tension and fluidity that deliver a texture that is less thick and less fleshy give more profound flavor than the immediately preceding vintages.

Thanks to this, it is easy to read the terroirs and because of the excellent natural equilibrium of the wines, the 2011 whites possess good aging potential that is, in our opinion, superior to the three prior vintages. They are wines to drink but also to cellar for another ten years.

Tasting notes

-Somewhat curiously the nose is quite similar to that of the Montagny though here there is the attractive addition of green apple. There is also good verve to the round, forward and markedly ripe flavors that possess a markedly generous mouth feel before culminating in a dry and clean if rather simple finish. This may add depth with a year or two in bottle but it is already so forward that there won't be much time for it to develop.    Allen Meadows

-Both lean and round and fine though far from flashy! Bit tight on the end. Slightly dead.    Jancis Robinson – score : 16

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