Caroline is very talented, she worked for about 20 years with her father and inherited some vineyards to start her own domaine in 2014. All wines are exclusively from her own vineyards. She owns 7 ha with 60% of which is Chardonnay.
Her wine making style is quite different from her father and very close to one of PYCM. They both produce wines in ultra-modern Cuverie which they recently opened in Chassagne-Montrachet. Caroline’s philosophy for her whites is minimum intervention. She uses 350L barrels, but her whites see bit less oak than PYCM. Caroline preferres long lees aging and avoids batonnage.
She has shown rising interest in Pinot Noir and has greater holdings of this variety than her husband. Her style of reds is avoiding much extraction or deep tannins, looking more for finesse with elegant fruit and lighter structure. Using whole cluster vinification up to 40%.
I tasted her inauguration 2014 vintage of whites twice already with about 1 year in between. Wines are showing high quality standard right away and the last tasting confirmed how nicely they develop over time.
Santenay Les Cornieres Blanc (🏅91) Signature reductive style. Purity, clarity and transparency. Refreshing minerality, floral and exotic fruits. Bee wax and citrus zest. Long finish.
Chassagne-Montrachet Le Chêne (🏅90) Village wine shows good level with archetype profile of Ch-M. Lean, mineral and floral.
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees 1er Cru (🏅92+) Reductive opening, flinty. Develops with herbs, honey and wide floral profile, orchard fruits, lime. Very silky bright. 60 year old vines on limestone rich soil. 40% new oak.
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs-Gains 1er Cru(🏅93+) More concentration. Silky mellow. Bright fruits, fuller body, buttery.
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru(🏅94) Excellent minerality. Purity. Almost Grand Cru intensity. Still tight and youthful. Citrus, ripe pear, floral. Full-bodied, creamy texture. Long finish.
Total of 0.35ha with avg. 45 yo vines.
Great wines which have more to say in coming years.