Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils

Remi and Simon (front) Rollin, 3rd and 4th generation vignerons

Country of Origin: France
Location: Pernand-Vergelesses, Côte de Beaune
People: Rollin Family, Owners & Winemakers


Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Ile des Vergelesses, AOC Login BH 91 In Stock
Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Les Fichots, AOC Login BH 90 In Stock
Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Rouge, Aux Grands-Liards, AOC Login BH 88 In Stock

Rosenthal has been working happily with the Rollin family in Pernand-Vergelesses since 1982. Over the years, first with Maurice and his son Rémi, and today with Rémi and his son Simon, this rock-solid domaine has always provided wines of finesse, character, and startling purity—and at prices that put to rest the notion there is no value to be found in Burgundy anymore. It was Maurice’s father Raymond who first purchased vineyards in his local village of Pernand-Vergelesses where, like his father before him, he was engaged as a vineyard worker. Maurice decided in 1955 to begin making and bottling wines from the family holdings. He developed a growing group of private clients to support his efforts. His success provided him with the resources to purchase additional vineyards, including a lovely parcel in the "Ile des Vergelesses," the most exalted of the vineyards of Pernand. By the mid-1980s, the Rollin family had accumulated ten hectares of vineyards and by the mid-1990s, Maurice and Remi determined to bottle all the wine made at the estate rather than to sell even a small percentage to negociants. In 2003, Simon Rollin, Remi’s son, joined the estate as the fourth generation vigneron.

The Rollin domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards. The vineyards are spread over five separate communes (Pernand Vergelesses, Savigny les Beaune, Echevronne, Aloxe Corton and Chorey les Beaune). The vineyards of Pernand Vergelesses run at an “off-angle” to the main swath of east-facing, contiguous hillsides that comprise the bulk of the Côte d’Or. They are wedged into a narrow crevasse formed by the disjunction of Corton and the primary escarpment of the Côte de Beaune, and most of the key sites here face westward (or even northwestward). In bygone days of feebler temperatures and less precise vineyard work, wines from Pernand were commonly characterized as somewhat lean and rustic—its whites a bit angular, its reds more bare-knuckled. Now, however, these sorts of areas—vineyards less exposed to the glowering sun and which thereby undergo slower phenological maturation—regularly produce supremely compelling Burgundies: wines of tense equilibrium and striking complexity absent the surface flash of blatant ripeness.

The vineyard work is meticulous and, although not certified organic, the methodology in practice is applied in a manner designed to maximize the expression of terroir by eliminating (or reducing to an absolute minimum) any treatments in the vineyards. All grapes are harvested manually and fermentations proceed with indigenous yeasts. The white wines are pressed gently and undergo long fermentations in barrel (except for the Aligoté which is raised in stainless steel tanks) and are aged on the fine lees for twelve to fifteen months. The reds are hand-sorted in both the vineyard and at the cellar before being pressed. The maceration is long, and the elevage is in small barrels with the malolactic fermentation occurring therein. In almost every instance, neither the white wines nor the red wines are fined or filtered.

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  • Dom. Rollin 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Ile des Vergelesses, AOC
    Rating: 91 (4/10/2020)

    As is usually the case chez Rollin, this is the coolest and most elegant wine in the range with its airy mix of mostly dark berry aromas that are laced with floral, spice and wet stone hints. The finer and slightly more energetic medium weight flavors possess excellent delineation and a lovely minerality that seems to become more prominent the longer the dusty, serious and bitter cherry pit-suffused finish sits on the palate. Good stuff though this too is more structured than normal so I would again advise patience
  • Dom. Rollin 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Les Fichots, AOC
    Rating: 90 (4/10/2020)

    A slightly fresher nose features a different fruit profile with more of the red side of the spectrum with its notes of red currant, ripe cherry plum and plenty of earth elements. The middle weight and vibrant flavors are not quite as concentrated but they're a bit finer and particularly so on the lightly stony, youthfully austere and very firm finale. This too is on the robust side and I would recommend buying this only if you're prepared to allow it at least 5 years of cellaring first and 10 to 15 would be better.
  • Dom. Rollin 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Rouge, Aux Grands-Liards, AOC
    Rating: 88 (4/10/2020)

    A notably earthier nose speaks of forest floor, humus and fresh and cool dark berry scents. The very rich, indeed suave, medium weight flavors possess surprisingly good verve given the richness, all wrapped in a mildly rustic finish that offers good if not truly distinguished persistence. This should also drink reasonably well early yet reward a few years of bottle age too.