The 2012 Vintage
After a mild start to winter, there was a change of tune in mid-January, which brought winter at its most majestic. The first two weeks of February were icily cold, between -15 and -4 degrees Celsius.
Winter changed to Spring with a dry and mild March allowing the first buds to appear. We were lulled into predicting an early vintage once again, the recent experiences of 2011 and 2007 still strong in our memories. However, we didn't count on the cold April rains which really halted the vine's growth. In May, things got going again, finding a more normal pattern, although still a little ahead of the average. Flowering was first noted in the final days of May, with mid-flower on 5th June but extended through until 20th June. This fragile flowering, carried out in poor weather conditions, gave us berries affected by coulure and millerandage.
At the end of June, the sudden rise in temperatures brought storms and hail (30th June).
July followed a similar pattern with notable humidity.
The vineyards were then hit once more by hail on 1st August.
Thereafter, the sun shone and permitted the grapes to reach a good phenolic maturity with a lower sugar level than the last few years. We began to harvest on 14th September: the musts were nicely balanced with a very good level of acidity.
We have observed the wines closely through their élevage, noting their conservation of good acidity levels and their presentation of extraordinary minerality.
Despite the overall production at the Domaine being reduced by half, the wines show a great number of qualities: minerality, balance, finesse, precision, tension, energy...a very great vintage.
At the earliest, you will be able to enjoy the wines from:
Bourgogne Blanc from 2014
Puligny Montrachet and the Premiers Crus from 2016
The Grands Crus from 2017
Montrachet from 2020
- Years 2000
- Years 1990
- Years 1980
- Old vintages