Tête de Cru Les Perrières 2011 - Wine

Tête de Cru Les Perrières
Tête de Cru Les Perrières

Location

A vineyard of one hectare in size, located on the so-called ‘back side of the rock', les Perrières lies halfway up the slope, just above the les Clos parcel. The slope, which faces south-east, is somewhat steeper than that of les Clos.

Vineyards' age

The median age of the vines is 35 years.

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, which are moderate in depth, are littered with stones on the surface (calcite and flint) over a metre-thick layer of limestone marls.

Tasting

An intensely generous nose with creamy honeysuckle aromas. A vivid palate showing a pleasing balance between depth of flavour and richness, and a long finish revealing notes of gingerbread and flowers. Ripeness of fruit gives the wine incredible richness that will become even more explosive as it matures over time.

Wine and food pairing

Chicken prepared with Thai spices; gratin of scallops with a curried sauce; veal with vanilla and sultanas; rich, creamy cow's milk cheeses.

The vintage

Vintages follow, one after the other, yet never resemble each other... If a grape-grower's work sometimes appears to be an on-going battle with nature, where ever y instant seems to bring them dangerously close to a precipice - as has been the case in certain recent vintages - others, such as 2011, are serene and harmonious. The growing season began early, probably the earliest of the past decade. Right up until flowering, the weather was remarkably dry and sunny. The first flowers appeared in the ‘les Ménétrières' parcel right at the start of May. Flowering was brief, and passed without any evidence of poor fruit set - a gift from Mother Nature. This precocious development continued apace through the second half of May and on into June. Luckily for all concer ned, not least the growers themselves, the end of the month saw the arrival of some much-needed rain. July, though, saw the star t of a period of drought. It wasn't overly hot, but there was nar y a drop of rain. While a certain amount ofhydric stress is a fundamental requirement in order to achieve ideal ripeness levels, growers had to abstain from any deep soil work in order to conserve what little humidity there was - and all such work had to take place in the coolness of the day's end. It was also vital in 2011 to keep enough foliage in place to protect the bunches - no leaf plucking required ! Mid-August : the drought continues... The bunches are superb. In our marvellous village of Fuissé, we know that maintaining the right level of acidity in our grapes is one of the secrets of balance in our wines. Several days were spent sur veying the various parcels of Domaine Ferret, tasting the grapes as we went, then the decision was taken to pick early. For the second time in many decades, harvest began in August. 28 August : the first grapes are picked. The harvest is beautiful : no hail, the musts are pure and crystalline, the vinification flows easily. Our decisions are justified by the early juice: balance and precision are present. The grapes are ripe, but acidity is maintained. Fermentation unfolds steadily and slowly over the course of the next few weeks, finishing at the end of October. Never theless, we had to wait until April for the wines to begin to reveal themselves fully. Today they have become real wines, full and rich, supported by great freshness and mouth-watering juiciness. The vintage character is expressed with great elegance. This harmony will allow the wines to be enjoyed in their youth, but they will fare evenbetter if they are ‘forgotten' in a cellar for several years.


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