Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Les Vergelesses, AOC
Item Number: 15564
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Vergelesses
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Clay-limestone, light, very pebbly and well-drained
Each wine in Rollin’s trio of Pernand-Vergelesses premier crus emphasizes a particular facet of the village’s complex personality. Les Vergelesses is situated in the southern part of the appellation, just below the grand Ile des Vergelesses. Rollin’s 55-year-old vines here yield the most elegant, gentle, and supple of their three crus. Although it can be more accessible at an earlier stage of development, its relative breeziness does nothing to compromise its capacity for cellaring. Like all of Rollin’s red premier crus, Les Vergelesses sees only 30% new oak.
Winemaking Notes: 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. 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.
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."