Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2019 Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune Blanc AOC
Item Number: 15554
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): < 5g/l
Soil Type: Thin clay-limestone
The Rollins produce this spectacular value from east-facing mid-slope parcels of thin topsoil on the border of Pernand and Echevronne. Vinified and aged in previously used 400-liter barrels, this offers terrific generosity for its modest appellation, with notes of peach and quince, and a lovely honeyed element. Vibrant, clear acidity—a Rollin hallmark—keeps this brisk and eminently drinkable.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are pressed slowly, to conserve all their aromatic complexity. After light settling, musts ferment naturally in 400-liter oak barrels. No new oak is used for this cuvee. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during the winter. Then the wine stays on its lees until the spring, before being racked and blended. After light filtration, the wine is estate bottled.
2018 Vintage Notes
Rosenthal: "The well-documented warmth of the 2018 growing season led to an unusual event at Rollin: a harvest that began in the month of August (on the 29th, to be precise). Although natural alcohol levels for Rollin’s 2018s approach 14%, they retain a sense of poise and tension—both a function of the house style and a reflection of the cooler orientation of their vineyard holdings; it is in vintages as extreme as 2018, after all, that the virtues of less solar microclimates are reflected most clearly. At Rollin, the 2018 whites show remarkable acidity in the context of the vintage, and the reds stay well clear of over-maturity and roasted notes."
Burghound: "The très sympa Rémi Rollin called 2018 a ‘very warm vintage that produced very rich, ripe and full-bodied wines that should drink well young but age well too. But the trick to this vintage was to harvest ripe fruit while preserving the freshness. We picked from the first of September and brought in yields that were slightly higher than what we obtained in 2017. Potential alcohols came in between 12.5 to 13.8% in pinot and 12.5 to 13.5% in chardonnay. We did have a few problems with fermentation stoppages, but we were able to get them back on track without any technical problems arising. I wouldn’t describe the 2018s as classic, but they are sure to be popular for their generosity and approachability.’ Rollin noted that his 2019 whites were bottled between July and November 2019."