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Christophe Perrot-Minot made spectacular wines in 2018, a step up from his sumptuous wines in 2017 (which I can’t say the same for many producers in this vintage). 50-60% whole cluster with rigorous sorting of any overripe / wrinkled grapes and in some cases declassifying grapes to lower cru bottlings. Christophe’s 2018 quality is very consistent across the range, 13.2-13.7% alcohol with fine acidity and balance. One of the highlights of 2018 red producers.

Harvest started on the 7th of September.

Winemaking Style

50-60% whole cluster. Maximum two pigéage with very gentle pump over. Low percentage of new oak depending on cuvee. No racking.

Tasting Notes

Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2018

The Bourgogne Rouge is a blend of 2 parcels, one from Chambolle Musigny with 55 year old vines and the other in Morey Saint Denis with 29 year old in La Gouzotte. 50-60% whole cluster with 20% new oak. Some reduction. Rich and concentrated dark cherries. Lifted nose with juicy red fruits and high acidity. (83+/100)

Morey Saint Denis La Rue de Vergy 2018

Christophe owns 1.5ha in La Rue de Vergy, 19 barrels produced in 2018. Fragrant nose of bright red fruits, juicy raspberries and lifted rose petal. Charming and should be approachable in 4-5 years time. (84/100)

Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2018

The village Vosne Romanee is a blend of Ormes des Chalandins (1.2ha) and declassified grapes from Premier Cru Les Beaux Monts (roughly half their Beaux Monts parcel went into the village). A lifted bouquet of green stems, crunchy red berries, and stemmy floral note. Transparent Vosne floral spices. The greenness reminds me of 2017 reds, light and charming. (84-85/100)

Chambolle Musigny 2018

A blend of Bussieres and Combe En Oveau. Fragrant and sexy with a deep nose of rose petal and mixed berries. Proper village weight with good acidity balance. (86-87/100)

Vosne Romanee ‘Champs Perdrix’ 2018

Perdrix is a village plot located above La Tache and next to Aux Reignots. A sleek array of cool climate red berries, crunchy and refreshing with transparent minerals. Lifted green stems but lighter than the Chambolle Musigny village. (85-86/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 2018

The Gevrey Chambertin comes from La Justice, a 1.5 hectare plot with 50 year old vines and Les Seurvrees. Aromatic and creamy nose of mixed cherries, ripe and sweet stems with elegant oak toast. More nuanced than the Vosne Romanee Champs Perdrix in this vintage. Refreshing and lifted, reminds me of 2017 reds. (86/100)

Nuits Saint Georges Les Murgers de Cras Vieilles Vignes 2018

Perrot-Monint started making this new ‘declassified premier cru’ cuvee in 2012, it is composed of 3 Premier Cru vineyards that are next to each other – 60% Richemore, 20% Les Murgers, 20% Aux Cras. This 2018 offers a sweet array of dark berries and flamboyant stems. This is more Vosne Romanee than Nuits Saint Georges, rich with good phenolic ripeness. Lacy fruits with firm backbone. (88/100)

Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2018

Slightly fizzy on the palate, possibly late malo? 55 year old vines. Juicy red berries over the glossed fruits and smoked herbs. Lovely Premier Cru weight with charming mineral expression underneath the whole cluster stemmy bouquet. One of the better value wines of Perrot Minot in recent vintages. (86-87/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuees 2018

A small cuvee from Perrot Minot, only 0.2 ha plot, 67 year old vines. Fragrant and delicate with in-depth earthy cherry scent. This terroir works well with Perrot Minot’s style of wine. Good concentration reaching Grand Cru level with good backbone. Desirable fruit concentration with playful stemmy note. A very lovely Fuees. (88-89/100)

Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 2018

Only 4 barrels made in 2018 as half the crop was declassified and blended into the village Vosne Romanee. 65-70 year old vines. Dark fruited bouquet with serious depth for a Beaux Monts. Sleek dark berries with an inner floral core and gentle spices. Refreshing acidity and ripe tannins with lengthy mineral finish. (88-89/100)

Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru La Richemone Cuvee Ultra Vieilles Vignes 2018

The Nuits Saint Georges La Richemone Cuvee Ultra is one of my favourite wines of Perrot-Minot. Christophe owns 1.9 hectares of La Richemone but only 0.9 hectares (planted in 1902) of it goes into the Cuvee Ultra. 10 barrels produced in 2018. A sumptuous bouquet of lacy dark fruits and Vosne Romanee spices. Bright and complex with Grand Cru weight. Structured with fine grained tannins. A serious Nuits Saint Georges. (90-91/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d’Oveau Cuvee Ultra Vieilles Vignes 2018

Only 5 barrels produced in 2018. On average 75 years old vines. A gorgeous bouquet of flamboyant rose petal, stemmy red fruits of raspberries, juicy cherries and lifted oak spices. Mild ethereal tone that resembles Musigny. Very in-depth and defined for a Chambolle Musigny Preimer Cru. (91/100)

Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

9 barrels produced. Charmes Chambertin outperformed in 2018, benefited from being in the bottom of the slope. Concentration and intense with a deep fragrant of rose petal, dark fruits and glossed berries. Nuanced earthy scent with seriously good depth. Refined. Wait 10 years. (92/100)

Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

The grapes of Chapelle Chambertin comes from Pierre Damoy’s vineyards, 1 hectare of 90 year old vines. Dark-pitched fragrant of sweet blackberries, smoky herbs and bright cherries. More in-depth and balanced than Pierre Damoy’s Chapelle Chambertin. Superb concentration and phenolic ripeness. (92/100)

Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

Christophe’s Mazoyeres offers a step up in concentration and depth than his Charmes Chambertin. 1 hectare vineyard with 65 year old vines. A gorgeous bouquet of sandalwood mixed with summer flowers. Densely packed mixed berries and refined earthy spices. Full bodied with linear acidity. A really well crafted Mazoyeres Chambertin. (93/100)

Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

7 barrels produced in 2018. An aristocratic Chambertin with great complexity. Layers of dark berries and lifted rose petal and sexy whole cluster scents. Full-bodied with flashy fruits and oak toast. A superb wine that will require a good 10 years of ageing. (94-95/100)

Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2018

10 barrels produced in 2018. The Chambertin Clos de Beze is a slight step up in depth compared to the Chambertin this year (not always the case in every vintage however!). An alluring bouquet of concentrated dark fruits, smoked earth and mild vanilla wood. Aromatic stems well integrated with the fruits and backbone. Less flashy but slightly more intellectual compared to the Chambertin this year. (95/100)

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