"Aux Malconsorts " 1er Cru de Vosne Romanée 2018
The weather in 2018 has been quite tricky, with a cold, humid winter, followed by temperature rises reaching 30+ degrees starting April. This combination of these factors made the vines grow very quickly, we had to work hard to follow nature’s fast pace! The harvest started the 23rd of August, and lasted 3 weeks. The quality of the juice is surprising. We believe that our biodynamic practices helped the vines give their best despite the heat waves. As a result, our wines show an incredible balance between alcohol and freshness, and we did not produce any cuvée above 13,4 degrees! The quality of the reds allowed us to use an important percentage of whole clusters. Gentle vinification, smooth extraction. We are very pleased with the floral bouquet, with nice dark fruits. The tannins are very well integrated, with a delicate touch and texture.
The 2018 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Malconsorts is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, spices, smoked duck, potpourri and rich soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, rich and powerful, it's a concentrated, textural wine built around succulent acids and ripe tannins, its ample core of fruit complemented by enticing carnal nuances. As is often the case, this was vinified with some two-thirds whole clusters.
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, 92-94