Plump, ripe Sicilian lemon and citrus zest fruit, racy and lively, mouth-wateringly fresh with richer notes of hazelnut and butter and complex touches of flint and limestone on the long, focused finish. A fantastic wine that shows just how great Pernand Vergelesses can be. Bottled early November 2012 after ageing in 20% new oak for 12 months. From three parcels within this fine, south-facing vineyard, perched at the top of a small hill adjacent to Corton.
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.
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.