I fell head over heels in love
in 1979 I think, something like that,
when visiting Goillotte.
I thought: “This should be interesting”,
but I knew even less than today.
In 1988, this famous Goillotte
was for sale,
I jumped at it,
how to manage things.
I have had plenty of luck in my life,
good teachers, good friends…
Some I hadn’t necessarily known
for a long time I might add.
They gave me advice,
things that bit by bit we’ve perfected.
we still find room for improvement.
that it’s in constant motion.
Nothing is fixed.
Domaine Prieuré Roch 1988,
was 2 hectares of Vosne Romanée
on 4 different parcels.
Today it’s 14 hectares.
Quite different wines,
they come from Gevrey Chambertin
in Clos de Béze,
until recently Ladoix village,
passing by Clos Vougeot,
Suchot Premier Crus…
and then the Admiral of the fleet
which is Clos des Corvées.
It’s a monopole of 5 hectares
in Nuits St Georges Premier Cru,
but in Nuits St Georges Premier Cru.
A monopole vineyard of five hectares
in Burgundy is a rarity.
Certain colleagues of mine
thought of carving it up,
I thought that was complete heresy,
it would have been catastrophic,
because the idea of a monopole
is not interesting
to say “it’s all mine
so I can do what I want with it”.
It’s not that, a monopole truly provides
the spirit of the wine.
Within the entire context
of its ‘climat’.
It’s a vineyard
which is very ancient, Clos des Corvées,
its written history
dates back to the 14th century.
So it came to be
for reasons of taste.
It would be a real shame to lose that!
On the contrary, we must try
to start to bring these parcels together,
in order to recover
the entire personality of the wines.
It’s very difficult,
in fact almost impossible.
So this Clos des Corvées
was on the market, I jumped on it…
willingly and without much calculating,
not having the money in my pocket
to buy myself this vineyard,
it was a bluff, that’s true…
But I felt that something
had to be done.
That was in 1995,
we are now in 2010,
several years after,
we’re seeing the rewards,
with very millerandés grapes,
with the old sections…
which give us superb things.
It’s a wine of a fantastic race.
the quite extraordinary fortune,
to come across
a bottle of Clos des Corvées 1898,
we didn’t prepare it too well,
we hadn’t done the things we should have,
but it was nonetheless
damn good, with a kick to it,
the spirit was there,
it was an old wine for sure
the spirit was totally there,
the character of the wine
was very present.
Otherwise we would have accompanied it,
but it wasn’t at all about comparison,
it was just for the pleasure,
with a Clos des Corvées 1998,
exactly a century between the two.
It was quite interesting
as a link to parentage.