The grapes were hand-picked into small boxes of 25 pounds (this is important for quality!). Fermentation began with indigenous yeast and was conducted in the classical Bugundian method of punching down the cap and pumping over the juice. As is customary, the wine was aged in barrels sent from Joseph Drouhin's inventory. New oak content was restricted to about 18% so as not to hide the wine's true character.
Exceptional conditions in 1998 helped craft outstanding Pinot Noir. The grapes were perfect! Burgundians would dream to have such beautiful grapes…
Since our first vintage in 1988 I have had some favorite vintages such as 1993, 94, 96 but this one might top them all! The wine has a beautifully luminous red color, the fruit yields intense yet refined perfumes. The texture is sensual with just a delicate touch of oak luxuriating into a long, long finish which, for me, put this wine in the family of “Grand Vin”. Even though the wine is enjoyable now it has an excellent future.