Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Dates of plantation: 1958
Soil: hard limestone with chert
Aspect: full South
Altitude: 245 meters
Annual production: 16,380 bottles
Manual harvest – Selective picking on sorting table – 100% destemming – Open fermentor – 20 days vatting – Temperature control – Natural yeast – Low intrusive, with such a level of concentration, the structure comes naturally and allows all the soil expression. Vertical press.
16 months in oak barrels – 15% new barrels – Malolactic fermentation completed.
Allen Meadows: “A more deeply pitched nose is composed by plum, earth, pepper, spice and various ripe dark berry aromas that are sufficiently ripe to possess a top note of menthol. The mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is very rich, indeed to the point that they are suave. There is fine volume and the dry extract coats the mouth on the solidly persistent finish where the peppery character of the nose reappears. This should also drink well young.”
“La Côte d’Agneau à la Purée d’Olives, Purée Légère aux Flageolets”
(Lamb’s rib with olive purée, flageolet light purée)
Ideally served at: 16°C – Ageing potential: 7 – 9 years
AWARDS AND PRESS MARKS
Allen Meadows: 89/2017+ (Vintage 2011) – 89/2018+ (Vintage 2012) – 89/2018+ (Vintage 2013)
Les meilleurs Vins de France 2014: 14/20 – «The Clos Tonnerre is highly concentrated, but its frame expresses great finesse.» (Vintage 2011)
Gault Millau 2017: 14/20 – “The wine surprises by its astringency in the mouth. Still on the reserve, it appears concentrated and sustained by beautiful aromas of red fruits.” (Vintage 2013)