Pernand Vergelesses, Ile de Vergelesses, 1er Cru, 2017

  Remi Rollin

The same ageing as the Pernand Fichots 1er Cru cuvée but this supports it much better. Well covered with suave salt-infused forest berry and herb characteristics, with a hint of red cherry giving bite. Classy and ample with a Pernand coolness and tension. Balanced, poised and fine. A stunner. Much rockier soils here and less iron-rich than Rollin’s other 1er Cru, Les Fichots. Aged for a year in 20% new oak.

Contains Sulphites.

About Remi Rollin

This 11-hectare Domaine, spread over Echevronne, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Lès-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton, has been run by Remi Rollin since 1989 and more recently he has been joined by his son Simon. The high altitude of Remi’s vineyards imparts a minerality and fresh acidity to his wines while his tentative use of new oak smooths off the firm edge that many lesser Pernands have without preventing the fruit from expressing itself. There is no new oak used for the villages and generic level wines whilst a maximum of one quarter new oak is employed for the red and white premiers crus. These are some of Burgundy's best value wines.

Appellation: Pernand-Vergelesses

A village in the Côte de Beaune at the foot of the Corton hill on the south-western side. Both red and white wines are made here. As the vines are slightly higher and less exposed to the sun than other vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, facing west-northwest, the red wines tend to be relatively light in style and high in acidity. At their best though they are packed with fruit and freshness, offering good Burgundy drinking over the medium term. The white wines have more renown. They are without doubt some of the greatest value white wines in the valley. Flavoursome yet vital they exhibit that raciness and "mineral" character displayed by the white wines of the Corton hill. In addition to white Pernand-Vergelesses a good deal of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru lies within the Pernand commune, some 17 ha. The Aligote grape variety thrives here, too, resulting in some of the best examples in Côte de Beaune.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. At their greatest they offer a lightness with intensity and are transparent enough to magnify the characteristics of the terroir in which they are grown. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, coastal California, Oregon, Hemel en Aarde in South Africa and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.