With a brilliantly bright scarlet shine (it could glow in the dark if it wanted to) our fragrant Beaune Premier Cru “Les Teurons” 2013 shows off intense aromas of wild fruit cherries, blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberries, a touch of orange zest and hints of trufle, leather, spices, undergrowth and humus. Over time, the cherished “Les Teurons” appellation (Teurons means “round land”, due its soil being deep and easy to work) displays exotic riffs of truffle and leather on the nose, with crunchy fresh grape hits on the palate. The delicate flavors are well-balanced, good acid balance and length of flavor; the structure is firm and finessed and culminates in a pleasingly drawn-out and persistent finish, a result of “Les Teurons'” hillside terrain constantly in contact with the sun’s rays. The grapes mature faster here than anywhere else. Lay down for eight years – minimum – then consume at its peak. You’ll be left wanting/needing more.
After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards 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 net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.
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