This comes from a specific parcel of Malconsorts the other side of the road to the main vineyard, situated next to the original part of La Tâche. A very special parcel indeed that produces wine that bears more than a passing resemblance to its illustrious neighbour. Sensationally rich, black ripe, spiced fruits, really silky, velvety textured, wonderful softness of touch, creamy, long complex, and utterly seductive.
Etienne is one of Burgundy's great purists, his long-lived wines may need time but they are some of the most honest and terroir-driven wines in Burgundy. The wines are fermented using all or partial whole bunch vinification depending on the vintage, élévage is long and slow in their cold cellars and percentages of new oak are low, rarely more than 50% even for Malconsorts. From some of the most vivid, intense Beaune's there are to perfumed, stylish Volnays and silky Vosnes Romanee, Etienne makes a borad range of some of Burgundy's most polished wines. The Domaine's policy on white wines is to pick as early as possible, as soon as the fruit has just approached ripeness, resulting in tense, fine wines with alcohols rarely more than 13%