Pernand Vergelesses, Sous Frétille, 1er Cru, 2009

  Remi Rollin

From three parcels within this fine, south-facing vineyard, richer than the regular Pernand-Vergelesses as you would expect, initially plump and fleshy but soon rediscovering its vivacious terroir character; intense notes of dry stone and mineral together with floral notes of apple blossom, acacia and butter, long fine and gourmand.

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: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.