Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune Rouge AOC
Item Number: 15560
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
The Rollins exploit two hectares worth of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge from various parcels of 30-to-45-year-old Pinot Noir in Pernand and Echevronne. Always a sleek yet charming wine of immense energy, its fruit is crunchy and snappy rather than thick and juicy, underlining the deep mineral streak that runs through all of Rollin’s red wines. No new oak is employed, and the wine is bottled after a relatively brief élevage of ten months in order to preserve its fruit.
Winemaking Notes: Harvesting is entirely by hand. The grapes are transported in small crates then carefully sorted at the cellar. The Pinot Noir is destemmed and gravity-fed to vat, to maintain their integrity. After a pre-fermentation maceration for 5 to 6 days at 10°C, alcoholic fermentation starts off naturally at regulated temperature. During this period, daily tasting allows the operations of running the juice off the skins (rack and return) and pumping-over without punching-down to be adjusted to the specificities of the vintage. After two weeks in vat, the wines are housed in oak barrels for a period of 8 to 10 months. In barrel, malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the spring. After racking, wines are assembled in vat, lightly filtered, and bottled during the summer.
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."