Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Gréchons"

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The first appellation that welcomes you to the Côte de Beaune if you're from Dijon, Ladoix is famous for producing powerful and well-balanced white wines. One of the highest plots positioned on the steep sides of the Hill of Corton, "Les Gréchons", bridges the gap between two communes: Ladoix and Aloxe-Corton. This plot is revered for its outstanding terroir and well-maintained vines and the Premier Cru wine which distills its excellence is often described as a "little” Corton-Charlemagne. High praise, indeed.

Varietal: Chardonnay

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Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Gréchons" 2014

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Crisp and Fresh

Situated at the foot of the famous Aloxe-Corton hill in the Côte de Beaune, this Ladoix blanc is revered for being round and balanced with an extended finish thanks to the sur lie barrel-aging and the 15 months spent on lees. This delectable Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Grechons" 2014 emerges from each glass with stone fruit and white flowers aromas jostling for your senses' attention. Crisp, fresh, balanced, with a sublime understanding of finesse and minerality, the palate is precise, defined and offers great freshness. The finish is long, luscious, persistent as you would expect from a Ladoix, with subtle waves of salinity. It will be love at first swirl, sip and taste, we promise.

An Excellent Burgundy Vintage

This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. An unusually mild winter – the Asian fruit fly had made its unwelcome introduction – something we would all wish to forget. 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 reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the devastation that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Third year in a row. 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 with most appellations hand-picked under sunny skies.

Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Gréchons" 2013

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Crisp and Fresh

Situated at the foot of the famous Aloxe-Corton hill in the Côte de Beaune, this Ladoix blanc is revered for being round and balanced with an extended finish thanks to the sur lie barrel-aging and the 15 months spent on lees. This delectable Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Grechons" 2013 emerges from each glass with stone fruit and white flowers aromas jostling for your senses' attention. Crisp, fresh, balanced, with a sublime understanding of finesse and minerality, the palate is precise, defined and offers great freshness. The finish is long, luscious, persistent as you would expect from a Ladoix, with subtle waves of salinity. It will be love at first swirl, sip and taste, we promise.

Force of Nature

After the small yield, but opulent 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, 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. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine envelop and 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, the small vintage has great potential. We should all be thankful.

Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Gréchons" 2012

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Crisp and Fresh

Situated at the foot of the famous Aloxe-Corton hill in the Côte de Beaune, this Ladoix blanc is revered for being round and balanced with an extended finish thanks to the sur lie barrel-aging and the 15 months spent on lees. This delectable Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Grechons" 2012 emerges from each glass with stone fruit and white flowers aromas jostling for your senses' attention. Crisp, fresh, balanced, with a sublime understanding of finesse and minerality, the palate is precise, defined and offers great freshness. The finish is long, luscious, persistent as you would expect from a Ladoix, with subtle waves of salinity. It will be love at first swirl, sip and taste, we promise.

Small Yield, Big Flavors

An almost devastating start to the season. This vintage would prove to be challenge. The earliest days were the most perilous. A Spring frost and a hail storm in June threatened the blossoming of the buds and the safety of the vines. Intense rainfall between April and July, high humidity levels, fungal diseases, rot and, in particular, mildew were some of the other major disruptions the vintage threw Burgundy’s way. Strange and unpredictable weather was the norm: heatwaves, hail, cold springs, thunderstorms, they all made an appearance. The beginning of August, with dry and warm temperatures, saved the vintage for many winemakers and gave the 2012 vintage the softest of soft tannin textures. Despite a low net yield across many vineyards and appellations, the glorious weather that concluded the season ultimately produced a vintage that is both super-concentrated, highly-delectable and highly-collectable.

Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Gréchons" 2011

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Crisp and Fresh

Situated at the foot of the famous Aloxe-Corton hill in the Côte de Beaune, this Ladoix blanc is revered for being round and balanced with an extended finish thanks to the sur lie barrel-aging and the 15 months spent on lees. This delectable Ladoix Premier Cru "Les Grechons" 2011 emerges from each glass with stone fruit and white flowers aromas jostling for your senses' attention. Crisp, fresh, balanced, with a sublime understanding of finesse and minerality, the palate is precise, defined and offers great freshness. The finish is long, luscious, persistent as you would expect from a Ladoix, with subtle waves of salinity. It will be love at first swirl, sip and taste, we promise.

Uneven Season, But Great Results

2011 first emerged from a dry and warm Spring, allowing sunny days and high temperatures in April, resulting in a slightly earlier bud break than anticipated. Warm temperatures continued throughout May, fostering an accelerated, but healthy, growth of the vines. Floraison and fruit set came together beautifully on May 20th – one month ahead of schedule – compared to previous years. Harvest was initiated on August 20th, when the grapes had ripened to perfection. Due to uneven and unpredictable weather conditions during the season, the results throughout the region were patchy in parts. But this is an outstanding 2011.

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