Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 1er Cru, Sous Fretille, AOC
Item Number: 15557
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Sous Fretille
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Shallow clay-limestone soil with a lot of small stones and a marly-limestone subsoil
At the beginning of the 2000s, the Rollins acquired a tiny parcel of very old vines in this majestically situated full south-facing premier cru that abuts Corton-Charlemagne itself. The resulting wine is dazzlingly energetic, with enveloping mineral and spice aromas giving way to a palate of thrilling intensity. The overall impression of Sous Fretille is sleeker than that of Les Cloux above, but there is no less power in reserve, and its intricate, multilayered personality hints at its ultra-close proximity to grand cru territory. New oak is kept at around 30%.
Winemaking Notes: Harvesting is entirely by hand. Grapes are pressed slowly to conserve their personality and their aromatic finesse. After light settling, musts ferment naturally in oak barrels (of which 30% new oak). If the vintage demands it, lees can be put back in contact with the wine by lees stirring, to continue enriching the wine. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during the winter. The wine stays on its lees for 11 to 13 months, 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."