Domaine Roblet-Monnot

Volnay 1er Cru Brouillards

Region: France - Burgundy

Domaine Roblet-Monnot

Pascal Roblet can trace his roots in Volnay to the 1600,s on his mother’s side and four generations on his father’s side. All of Domaine Roblet-Monnot’s holdings are in Volnay, 6 hectares. Pascal’s conversion to bio-dynamic viticulture in 1997 along with his high density planting, 12,000 vines per hectare, and very low yields, 30-35 hectoliters per hectare, are part of what has transformed his domaine into one of the leading sources of wine from these communes.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Noir Limestone

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Vineyards: 5.62 ha (13.9 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.36 ha (0.9 acre)
  • Les Brouillards is located adjacent and just below highway D 973 at about 836 feet in elevation on mostly limestone soils. It is bounded to the south by Les Mitans and above by Pointes d’Angeles vineyards.
  • Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • Brouillards originates from ancient French Breuil from Latin Brogilus from Gallic Brogilos “small territory” then “thicket wood, young wood”. At one time this land surely was wooded.
Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • 100% destemmed prior to fermentation
  • Aging: 24 months in oak barrels
  • Case Production: 100
  • Pascal’s red wines see no fining or filtration. He rarely uses pigeage, punching down of the cap, one or two times per vintage.
  • Pascal prefers creating an infusion of flavor from the fruit rather than an extraction of flavor.
  • He prefers long maturation in barrel, so that the wines are more stable before bottling and naturally clarified.
  • Pascal does not use sulfites on his reds. When he does use sulfur it is a mere 40 mgrams or less of total sulfites just before racking and bottling.

Reviews

89+ Points

The 2015 Volnay Brouillards 1er Cru has a well defined blackberry and raspberry scented bouquet with good extraction – there is real juiciness to these aromatics. The palate has a sweet entry that might have been cloying, but there is superb acidity and it musters more reserve towards the saline, almost Pommard-like finish. Good potential, but it needs time.

Vinous, July, 2018

General Info

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Volnay, Corton + others
Proprietors Pascal Roblet
Founded 1998
Winemaker Pascal Roblet
Annual Production 1,400 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic