So youthful - so pretty, almost glowing with fruit and such depth. Raspberry coulis with some damson swirled in, a soft hint of baking spice and violets and a merest limestone hint there too. It almost invigorates you as you sip on it, reminding you what a magical substance wine is, and fine Burgundy at that. Delicious now but at its best in 2-3 years time. Produced exclusively from the excellent lieu-dit Aux Etelois, which is wedged between grand cru sites Griottes and Charmes, and shares many of the same characteristics and soils.
Philippe switched a high-flying career in insurance in Paris for taking over his family domaine in the village of Nantoux, a stone's throw from Meursault. The estate has grown under his stewardship, taking their vineyard holdings to 13ha in 6 villages across the Cote de Beaune. They are HVE certified - or Haute Valeur Environmentale - an alternate environmental certification to organics centred on the principles of agroecology. Zero use of herbicide or insecticide, the adoption of low impact techniques and great importance placed on improving soil health, its water and CO2 holding capacity, and improving biodiversity in all areas.