The winter of 2007 was particularly mild, with warmer tempÈratures than normal from December to February and above average sunshine hours.
The weather in March was fine, and April reached new record highs with almost summer-like tempÈratures, outdoing the seasonal averages and setting new record highs at the end of the month of 25 – 30 °C.
The mild winter and sunny April led to a rapid growth and immediate budding, with 50% ‘green point’ being reached on April 11, 2007 - more than 13 days ahead of 2006. Flowering was also particularly early with the first flowers being seen in mid-May and the full flower on May 21. Plenty of rain in June led to rapid growth of the grapes and full clusters were reached on June 20.
The summer continued with unstable grey weather and cooler temperatures until the second ten days of August. The first grapes were examined on July 13 and reached full colour change on July 18. Cooler than normal temperatures, exacerbated by a northerly wind, meant (despite the rain) a good healthy condition for the grapes. They matured slowly and finally, thanks to sunshine at the end of August, the concentration of sugar increased significantly. The harvest was announced in the first half of August but wisdom and patience meant it did not take place until the end of the month.
2007 can be best be summed up as a year with fantastic weather which demanded a great deal of professionalism and sacrifice since conditions forced a focus on sorting of the grapes from the vineyard and a reasonable standard of work in the cuverie. Control and experience are the keywords for this vintage: a reward for enthusiasts of the great terroirs of Burgundy.
The harvest was announed for early August, Aug 13 for the Cote d’Or, leaving each winemaker free to choose the best date. In order to profit from the return of the sunshine, Vincent decided to wait to get the best concentrations. So, on August 29 we started harvesting the parcels of Savigny les Beaune Villages, 1er Cru "The Narbantons" and Beaune 1er Cru "Les Avaux" and the next day the Appellations Regionales Bourgogne Rouge on the Cote de Nuits. Saturday 1er September, with dry, sunny weather, we harvested in the vineyards of Fixin, Vosne Romanee Village et 1er Cru "Les Suchots" then the 2 crus of Nuits St Georges, Echezeaux and Richeboug. Monday September 3, with equally fine weather, was devoted to harvesting the other Grands Crus†: Clos de Vougeot, Grands Echezeaux and Echezeaux "Vielle Vigne". On Tuesday, in cold but sunny weather, was devoted to the appeallations of Vougeot 1er Cru "Les Cras", Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Les Orveaux". The end of the week was focussed on harvestting Nuits St Georges "Les Plateaux", Marsannay "Clos du Roy" and the other white crus of Bourgogne Chardonnay and Bourgogne Aligote. The parcels of the Hautes-Cotes-de-Nuits were harvested on September 15 when they were fully ripe.
Without any haste and with great attention to each parcel, Vincent wisely chose the dates for the harvest and this decision was paramount. Meticulous work in the vineyard and then careful sorting in the winery to ensure only the best grapes were kept guaranteed the best quality for our wines in 2007.
The challenge is always to find the right balance between color, flavours and tannins: experience in a nutshell. The result is a magnificently typical Pinot Noir in each terroir. The colours are a beautiful cherry red. The flavours are fruity with delicate notes of red fruits: strawberry and cherry but also with floral expressions. The tannins are silky, fine and round, all giving the wine a rich palette of emotions and elegance.
The 2007 vintage will reveal to you all the complexity of Pinot Noir, the magic of each terroir and the talent of the winemaker.