Bursting With Life
A youthful concentration of vitality and energy almost too alive to be captured, this vibrant wine is how our founder, Vivant Micault, would want to be honored. Yearning to make his mark on the world, Vivant is the pure embodiment of this fresh and fierce wine and the living, breathing definition of his own name – a "vivant", someone burning to live life to its full. Indeed, it was Vivant’s independent spirit and visionary spark that compelled him to establish the now-hallowed grounds of Château de Pommard in 1726.
Young At Heart
Produced from the youngest vines of Clos Marey-Monge, but born from a terroir that have been cultivated for two millennia, Vivant Micault is bursting with energy, yet tamed with elegance. Even our youngest vines are now mature, around 30 years old, the same age as Mr Micault was when he founded his Pommard winemaking empire. All of the diverse terroir that produce this wine are hand-picked, aged separately and then blended in precise proportions to bring out the best of each cuvée. Every vintage of this fresh and fruity wine is created with just one purpose: to be shared and savored with friends, family and those you can't live without.
Alive With Flavor
Instantly emerging with intensity from the bottle are bursts of fresh and juicy fruit aromas – currant, raspberry and strawberry. Waves of blackberry, morello cherry, dry flowers and leather also melt leisurely into the foreground. The vivid ruby color, with its flirting purple dress, perfectly complements the mineral freshness, leaving a salivating sensation of satisfaction for all the senses to enjoy. Alive with flavor and a tight tannin structure, Vivant Micault is a wine that defines the moments that matter most. It is produced to remind us that there is no time like the present. No time like now. Because Vivant Micault is ready to be enjoyed, and adored, today. It's what Vivant would want.
Our Vivant Micault Vintages
Vivant Micault 2014
Elixir of Youth
Overflowing with fresh and juicy red fruits – think red currants, morello cherries, raspberries – ably suported by notes of graphite on the backend. A fierce sense of vitality attacks the senses in the mouth, the tight tannins still a little impetuous and yearning to show off their youth. Vivant Micault 2014 has a desire to please, to satisy. Its finish is very long, lingering, with freshness and minerality. Lay it down for 12 months before opening. You will be rewarded.
Unusual Weather, Exceptional Vintage
This year’s vintage perfectly captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The three months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather took control. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the awesome power that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September, when the Grand Champs, Émilie, Chantrerie, Micault and Les Paules plots, used in Clos Marey-Monge Monopole’s final blend, were hand-picked in mid-September under clear blue skies.
Vivant Micault 2013
Made from the youngest vines from Clos Marey-Monge's Grand Champs, Micault and Les Paules plot, Vivant Micault 2013 is as juicy, fruity and wild as ever. Defined by fierce hits of fresh cherry, blackberry and raspberry, the wine's fruit flavor is beautifully balanced out by a clean minerality and high acidity. As the flavors fade, the finish stays long and keeps its freshness. A great wine for the everyday moments to celebrate so share with good friends today. This wine will keep for five to ten years.
Lost and Found
After the small yield, but delicious flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold and rainy Spring. Throughout June, intense rainfall delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the power that struck in 2012. We lost fifty percent of the harvest, and a lot of sleep, in June. In July and August, the weather turned again, this time for the better. Warmth and sunshine clothed the vines like a large hug, guiding the grapes to ripen perfectly at the end of September. The harvest began on September 23rd, with Clos Marey-Monge bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the overall yield.
Vivant Micault 2011
A blaze of purple hues and streaks of bright red will wow your eyes on first impressions. Fragrant hits of morello cherry, strawberry, raspberry open up the nostrils with hints of graphite acting as the rhythym section. Produced from the youngest grapes from the Grand Champs, Micault, Émilie, 75 Rangs and Les Paules plots, Vivant Micault 2011 awakens the senses with its power. Celebrate that moment. Velvety and very tasty, the fresh fruit flavors are balanced with high acidity and a mineral freshness, classic characteristics of young Pommard vines. No need to savor the finish, it lingers endlessly enough on its own. A ideal wine for the everyday, so share with friends today, or let it bond and blossom in your cellar for five to ten years.
Bursting With Energy
Like previous years, 2011 blossomed from a dry and warm Spring, opening the door to sunny days and high temperatures in April, resulting in earlier-than-expected bud break. It’s always a relief to see the buds, after months of winter dormancy. The warm temperatures continued in May, allowing for an accelerated, but healthy, growth of the vines, clothing Clos Marey-Monge once again in a glorious ocean of green. Flowering and fruit set came together beautifully on May 20th, precisely one month ahead of nature’s usual schedule, compared to previous years. This difficult vintage began its harvest on August 20th, with the Grand Champs, Les Paules, Émilie and Micault plots of Clos Marey-Monge independently hand-picked when the grapes had ripened to perfection. 2011 is a vintage renowned for the health of the grapes and for the extreme pickiness required on the sorting table.
Vivant Micault 2010
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