Hors Classe "Les Ménétrières" 2012 - Wine

Hors Classe "Les Ménétrières"
Hors Classe "Les Ménétrières"

Location

This south-east facing vineyard, which, at its northernmost point, reaches the village boundary of Fuissé itself, covers less than a hectare of ground.

Vineyards' age

A third of the vines are 40 years old, a third are 20 years old and the final third are 10 years old.

Soil

The soil, which is derived from alluvial deposits, consists of a mix of deep silt and clay containing few stones. The subsoil features streaks of limestone and limestone marls, while the top layers are rich in stone-free limestone deposits derived from the light marls of the Dogger bank.

Tasting

The nose suggests great ripeness. Subtle creamy notes are blended into a complex array of Chardonnay fruit notes underpinned by honeyed aromas, toast and quince paste. The aromas are superbly rich and generous. On the palate, this wine is powerful and intense, with a vivid finish. Because of its power and richness, this wine would benefit from being allowed to mature for a few years.

Wine and food pairing

Due to its impressive richness and balance, the wines of les Ménétrières deserve to be matched to dishes of great refinement, such as a sole Meunière, a terrine of foie gras, grilled lobster, sea bass or poulet de Bresse with cèpes, but it's also a perfect partner for such cheeses as Vacherin Mont d'Or, Saint-Marcellin or even a Saint-Maure.

The vintage

The weather of 2012 tested our patience, we fully used all our strength and experience to overcome the weather challenge that was facing us but overall and with a nice weather 180° turn around during the final months, we are extremely please with the quality of the wine and the quality of vintage. February came with a strong frost episode, even if the frost was not as spectacular as the 1956 one, it brought a harshness that lasted for about 20 days. Winter ended with a drought which started a few months earlier. Within the first days of April, the year presented itself as being one of the most precocious vegetative cycle of the past 25 years. But then some rain and cooler temperatures slow down the process. In May and June, the mild temperatures came back allowing the vines growing cycle to start again in a normal way again. In July and August, under hot temperatures, we got the right amount of rain coming especially through a few thunderstorms. September was sunny, dry and rather hot. On the big majority of our parcels we could see right the way a possible harvest volume reduced by half with some small bunches and few berries per bunches. Harvest started on September 13th under a beautiful weather. We duplicated what we did with 2011 by harvesting a little earlier than usual in order to keep some freshness and a greater balance. Using our new site of vinification, we were able to vinified with great care the small harvest and we were proud to see the benefits of our new winemaking facility gravitation system right the way. The wines will be extremely balanced, vivid, velvety and intense. Finally, we will have great wines with a very good structure, full with a lot of suavity and greatly balanced. They will age well and could be cellared for a very long time.


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