The Style of the Wine
La Gerbotte often develops aromas of citrus fruit and white-fleshed fruit, mingled with aromas of fresh almonds and honey. It has a lively, agile structure in the mouth and reflects the precise crystalline expression of its terroir. It is a charming wine which can be tasted young.
La Gerbotte comes from the youngest Clos de l'Arlot blanc vines which were planted from 1998 to 2000). It could naturally claim the appellation Nuits Saint Georges premier Cru. However the Domaine has chosen to classify the wine under the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Village, to give time for the roots to reach down deep into the subsoil and for it to fully express all the elegance and fullness of this great terroir. Lying further from the other vines of the Clos, on a limestone slab supporting thin ground, the micro-climate is not as "sunny". All the elements come together so that the Chardonnay reveals a refined style which is lively and mineral.
Long natural fermentation
Once the grapes have been pressed, we let the grape juice flow into oak casks (no more than 10% new barrels). The complex transformation then begins: the yeasts which are naturally present in the grape juice transform the sugar into alcohol. By working with indigenous yeasts, fermentation is long (3 months or more) and delicate (deviations are always possible), but it is one of the important stages which enable us to best reveal the taste of our terroirs in our wines.
La Gerbotte 2016 is bright yellow in colour. The nose, with a clean and fresh bouquet, reveals aromas of citrus fruits, flint and slightly woody notes that open up nicely in the glass.
The palate is refreshing, tangy and floral. Concentration and acidity provide a good balance for this rich and charming wine with great energy.
Vintages come and go, and no two are alike. The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest since 1900. The seasons were displaced, with winter temperatures arriving in March, three months late. The night of 26 to 27 April was a turning point: frost struck the shoots and first leaves. After abundant rainfall during the first six months, summer arrived in July and the onset of ripening began in mid-August with conditions that were at last dry, allowing the grapes to finish maturing in September.
The harvest took place from 27th September to 2nd October.
July was salutary and allowed recovery from the rainy weather with conditions that were favourable for good grape maturity. Despite a low yield, the 2016 vintage is of good quality; this was a happy outcome given the difficult climatic conditions at the beginning of the season.