Note: from vines in Mazoyères planted in 1935
Producer note: Christophe Roumier enthusiastically describes the 2012 vintage as one that he unreservedly "loves. The wines are like richer versions of the 2010s but with the same transparency and precision. The growing season was complicated though and we are frankly lucky to have gotten out of it with such fine raw materials. The flowering was poor and there was a good deal of mildew pressure that also cost us some yield. I started picking on the 25th of September and because much of August and most of September were warm and dry the fruit was quite clean despite the early season difficulties. As such there was almost no sorting required as there was no rot and what little was required was mostly for either sunburned or unripe berries. I did my normal vinification and used between 30 and 40% whole clusters. One of the aspects of the wines that I really like is how fine the tannins are, which when coupled with the healthy acidities, is one of the major distinguishing characteristics of the 2012 vintage. Moreover they are the kind of wines that should be enjoyable young yet be capable of rewarding long-term keeping if desired. I only wish that we had more of them as the net yields were even lower than in 2010." It's rarely a newsflash to observe that Roumier has outperformed in a given vintage but nonetheless he has in both 2012 and 2011. Note the 2011's were revisited below in bottle.
Tasting note: A discreet hint of wood sets off an attractively fresh and cool nose of quite deeply pitched aromas of violets, spiced plum, warm earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is a beguiling sense of energy and lovely detail t