The Style of the Wine
The wine stylishly defends the appellation Côte de Nuits Villages. It has a serene ambition: to express the finesse of the Pinot Noir. It develops a dashing nose which ventilates the notes of morello cherries and fruit stones, often drifting towards cloves, sandalwood and sometimes cocoa. Alert and agile, the wine draws out the suppleness and elegance by affirming itself through a substance of red fruit flavours with touches of pepper and vanilla notes. Its character enables it to be tasted quite young, "on the fruit", but it may improve with age, up to 10 years or so.
Located in the village of Comblanchien, this is a hat-shaped plot, which is where its name comes from. The vines cover a surface of 1.6 hectares on ground which is a mixture of clay and limestone, ideal for revealing the pleasures of the Pinot Noir.
- The pleasure of the Pinot Noir: this is a magical grape-variety, provided that it is respected. The domaine has chosen very fine Pinot, with small berries. Above all, it makes sure that yields are limited: to 35 hectoliters per hectare for the Clos du Chapeau. This is essential if the aromatic palette of the Pinot Noir is to develop.
- Gentle elevage: with 10 to 15 % of new barrels, the Clos du Chapeau never appears too oaky. The new oak is just a spice which brings out the best in the wine. It is bottled after being raised for 14 months.
- The appellation Côte de Nuits Villages concerns vines from five villages : Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. This vineyard area extends over 170 hectares.
Deep ruby red in colour, with an intense and expressive nose combining notes of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate. The palate offers great delicacy; the velvety texture is both seductive and enveloping, the overall effect enhanced by a persistent finish. Mellow, creamy and well-balanced with great freshness.
2015 was among the most precocious vintages of recent years. The vines progressed quickly in the warm springtime temperatures, despite pressure from powdery mildew through to July. Ripening began in mid-July, with temperatures exceeding 35°C. The month of August saw the arrival of much-needed rainfall, which fortunately did not delay ripening.
3-4 September for the whites; 4-9 September for the reds.
The month of June was the hottest since 2003, leading to flower abortion on certain plots. This vintage stands out for its excellent sanitary condition, requiring little sorting, and excellent phenolic maturity. The profusion of healthy clusters meant that for many appellations the full crop could be used for vinification.
However, with a harvest of 24 hl/ha, yields were below average.