Vineyard: Vineyard planted in the late 1960s in the village of Comblanchien near the border with Corgoloin.
Orientation: North to south-facing
Soil: Clay-centric parcel with very little topsoil before hitting Comblanchien limestone.
Viticulture: In organic conversion, incorporating some biodynamic principles, soils worked with a horse and plow. Heavy green harvesting to limit yields and encourage good concentration. All grapes are picked by hand at harvest.
Vinification: Harvested at optimum ripeness (always determined by consistent tasting in the vineyards), 100% destemmed, closed tank fermentation with cuvaison of 10 to 15 days.
Aging: One year of ageing in 50% new barrels and 50% one year old barrels.
Production: 350 cases
Notes: Old vine parcel planted by Antoine's grandfather, which is a neigboring vineyard to Les Essard. Antoine's Plantes aux Bois is a Pinot of purity, freshness and precision.
As is the case with the 2013 version there is enough wood to notice on the notably ripe cassis, plum, violet and softly spicy nose. There is good richness to the delicious and vibrant medium-weight flavors that possess reasonably good depth on the muscular, youthfully austere and noticeably warm finish that is enough to mar the balance. This isn't bad but the balance isn't ideal if you're even somewhat sensitive to warmth.