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, 15 acres. Pascal’s conversion to biodynamic viticulture in 1997 along with his high density planting and very low yields, roughly 2.5 tons per acre, are part of what has transformed his domaine into one of the leading sources of wine from these communes.

 

Pascal’s red wines see no fining or filtration. He rarely uses pigeage, cap punchdowns, perhaps one or two times per vintage, to create an infusion of flavor rather than flavor extraction. Long maturation in barrel naturally clarifies the wines. Minimal if any sulfites are added just before racking and bottling.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Les Brouillards is located adjacent and just below highway D 973 at about 836 feet elevation. It is bounded to the south by Les Mitans and above by Pointes d’Angeles vineyards.

  • 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.
  • Vineyard Area: 0.99 acres/0.40 ha
  • Exposure: SouthEast
  • Soil: Shallow, red-brown, clayey
  • Vine Age: 43 years
  • Rootstock: SO4
  • Vine Planting Density: 11700/ha
  • Biodynamically farmed
Harvest Notes
  • 100% whole cluster pressed
  • Fermented 32 days
  • Aged 26 months in 25% new French oak barrels
  • Bottled unfiltered
Wine Summary

100% massale selection Pinot Noir; biodynamically farmed plot of Les Brouillards lieu dit; shallow, red clayey soils; 100% whole cluster pressed; aged 26 months in 25% new French oak barrels; bottled unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% massale selection Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 13%

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, Pommard + others
Proprietors Pascal Roblet
Founded 1998
Winemaker Pascal Roblet
Annual Production 1,400 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic