Vineyard: Les Charmois is a well-reputed villages level vineyard located south of village near the forest line.
Soil: Clay limestone -- complex mix of soils for a villages site.
Viticulture: Farmed lutte raisonnée. Soils are worked and no herbacides are used. Heavy green harvesting to limit yields and encourage good concentration.
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: 50 cases
Notes: From Les Charmois, Antoine and Juliette produce a structured, balanced, and powerful Pinot that will reward with time.
The vineyard of Les Charmois is arguably the coldest and least well-exposed of any villages-level climat in all of Nuits which means that the vines planted there often have difficulty adequately ripening in cooler vintages such as 2013. All of which is to say that this is actually relatively ripe in the context of the vintage with dark currant and distinctly sauvage aromas leading to nicely rich and textured medium weight flavors that do exhibit some acid tang on the finish. There is also enough gas present to remark upon and between that and the acidity the finish is slightly clipped. However if this is allowed to sit in a decanter long enough for the gas to dissipate the finish becomes more civilized. In sum, this isn't a great wine but it's not bad for a cold terroir in 2013.