Gagnard's daughter Caroline Lestimé’s 0.34ha plot, formerly Pinot Noir, was replanted in 1990 to Chardonnay. The vineyard faces south-east at 250m altitude, half-way up a moderately-steep slope of stony clay over limestone blocks. Viticulture is certified organic and biodynamic. Hand-picked grapes undergo a delicate pneumatic pressing before 24 to 48 hours static settling in tank followed by indigenous yeast alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228 litre oak barrels at 18°C. The wine matures for 18 months aging on lees in barrels (30-35% new) at 10-12°C
There are background whiffs of petrol, matchstick and oak adding breadth to the agreeably fresh and ripe aromas of mostly pear and apple. There is once again excellent vibrancy to the caressing, medium-weight flavours that possess sufficient dry extract that this should both age well yet be reasonably approachable young.
91 points, Burghound, June 2018
The whites are full-bodied, powerful, and fat, with aromas of almonds (green or toasted, depending on the age of the wine), ripe apples, white flowers, and honey, The finish is remarkably long.
The reds are deeply colored, full-bodied, and often quite fleshy, with classic aroma of cherry or kirsch and blackcurrant. Their firm structure is reminiscent of a wine from the Côte de Nuits.