Gold standard


Photograph: Pierre Vincent

Photograph: Jason Lowe

Pierre Vincent’s pedigree speaks for itself, the Domaine de la Vougeraie winemaker having scooped both the Red Winemaker of the Year award and a quartet of gold medals for his 2011 Corton-Charlemagne at last year’s International Wine Challenge. We caught up with him at last year’s en primeur tasting.

My winemaking style is very soft.  My philosophy is that it should really be more like an infusion. I prefer a long winemaking session – a minimum of a few weeks, sometimes one month or sometimes as much as five.

I dislike it when I can smell too harsh a tannin. For me the maturity of a wine is more about the aromatics and elegance.

Like everyone else, I think, the 2013 vintage was not very easy because it was a late harvest. Yet in fact I think for me it will turn out to be a very nice vintage for our white wine because the balance between the fruit and the acidity is so good.

For the red wine it was more difficult, due to the weather. There was a hailstorm in Côte de Beaune, typically the area between Pommard, Volnay and Beaune. But after that we had a nice surprise in Vougeot in Nuits-St George. In fact, in my opinion, this is the best place in all of Côte de Nuits.

At Domaine de la Vougeraie we have 42 hectares, and 35 different wines between Bâtard-Montrachet and Gevrey-Chambertin. We also have added some new vineyards in the last year, in Puligny-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet for example.

For the 2014 vintage, I think it’s a mix between 2010 and 2008. It has an acidity like the 2008 and the beauty of the 2010. It will not perhaps be a vintage for ageing a long time, but aromatic with plenty of purity, and well worth tasting.

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