Roblet-Monnot Volnay Saint Francois 2018Roblet-Monnot
We’re very excited to introduce the fantastic wines from the little-known Burgundy producer, Domaine Roblet-Monnot. Despite being over 150 years old and one of the first in the region to domaine bottle in the 1930s, this brilliant producer has largely stayed under the radar. That is until William Kelley of The Wine Advocate glowingly reviewed the most recent vintage, shining a spotlight on this 9-hectare Volnay based estate.
Pascal Roblet took over the domaine from his father at age 20 and began doing things very differently in the vineyards. He began farming biodynamically in 1997 and in 2002 stopped trimming the foliage to avoid stressing the vines – a practice made famous by Lalou Bize-Leroy and now certainly on trend. The vines are planted at very high density (12,000 vines per hectare) and yields are kept low (30-35 hl/ha). Horses are used in the vineyards instead of tractors to reduce soil compaction and the domaine is certified organic.
In the cellar Pascal favours long and gentle macerations, with some whole bunches used depending on the vintage and cuvee. Fermentation is with native yeasts and can often take up to 4 weeks during which only pigeage (punchdowns) is employed and relatively infrequently. The wines age for 18-24 months in larger oak barrels (400 litre) and new oak is minimal. Sulphur is only added at bottling.
The resulting wines are beautifully elegant and perfumed with a seductiveness that means they are difficult to resist.
“My tasting with Pascal Roblet was one of my most stimulating visits on the Côte de Beaune this year, so it is with some consternation that I see that this nine-hectare domaine, based in Bligny-lès-Beaune, hasn't been covered in these pages for over a decade… The results are superb: deep, concentrated and complex wines, with considerable aging potential, built around beautifully powdery tannins. Quite why this high-quality domaine languishes in comparative obscurity escapes me; but when the wines are this good, it is only a matter of time until people start paying attention, so I encourage readers to acquaint themselves with Domaine Roblet-Monnot while they still can.” – William Kelly, The Wine Advocate, Jan 2021
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