'The Keeper' - Jane MacQuitty on Rollin's Pernand Vergelesses

'The Keeper' - Jane MacQuitty on Rollin's Pernand Vergelesses
"This glorious 2010, a widely acclaimed white and red Côte d'Or vintage, punches well above its weight. If you want good value for money in Burgundy, it pays to pounce on one of the less well-known appellations such as this one. Pernand's chalkier slopes are best suited to Chardonnay and this one displays all the soft gentle almond and cashew-scented, glacé fruit that every Côte d'Or fan craves, complete with a complex, long, tangy finish. Fine summer sipping or put away until 2015 for richer flavours."

The above comes from Jane MacQuitty in the Times on Saturday, who risks upsetting a great raft of J&B clients by letting this particular cat out of the bag. For many, Rollin’s Pernand Vergelesses are one of those secret finds you try to keep to yourself, boasting very high quality at pocket friendly prices. Anyone asking why they offer such value should consider the position of many of the best Pernand Vergelesses vineyards - just a few hundred meters behind the great hill of Corton, and boasting a remarkably similar terroir and exposure to the Grand Cru.

Pernand Vergelesses Blanc, 2010, Rollin Père et Fils
“Incredibly concentrated for a Villages, simply magnificent, tense taut flavours of lemon, lime, grapefruit and limestone with more floral, seductive touches of honeysuckle. Gripping, explosive Pernand.” Giles Burke-Gaffney, Buying Director, Justerini & Brooks

Pernand Vergelesses Blanc, Sous Fretille, 1er Cru 2010, Rollin Père et Fils
"From three parcels within this fine, south-facing vineyard, this 2010 is like a mini Corton-Charlemagne; rich, ripe but not heavy, a rapier like acidity cuts a swathe through the plump citrus, greengage and honey-kissed fruit, culminating in a bracing, mineral, zesty finish." Giles Burke-Gaffney, Buying Director, Justerini & Brooks

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