Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Ile des Vergelesses, AOC

Domaine Rollin Pere and Fils 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru, Ile des Vergelesses, AOC

Item Number: 15566

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Ile des Vergelesses
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Elevation: 300 meters

Universal consensus holds that Ile des Vergelesses is the greatest site for red wine in the village, and the Rollins turn out a stunning example every vintage—one of the most consistent and distinctive red Burgundies in our portfolio. Situated at an altitude of 300 meters on a steep southeast-facing slope, Ile des Vergelesses combines the arresting elegance of Les Vergelesses and the mineral power of Les Fichots, with all elements hanging together in delicate harmony. A present but non-disruptive firmness of structure implores the drinker to wait a few years for the wine’s treasures to be revealed.

Winemaking Notes: The reds are hand-sorted in both the vineyard and at the cellar before being pressed. The maceration is long, and the maturation 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."


  • Burghound
    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