A Trip To Burgundy - Domaine Perrot Minot, February 2017

Winery and négociant in the Côte de Nuits, making wines from seven Grand Cru vineyards and an array of Premiers Crus

“Perrot-Minot is one of the most exciting domaines in Burgundy.”

-- Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

“Christophe Perrot-Minot continues to hone his style, making more elegant, textural wines each vintage. These are some of the sexiest Burgundies you will find.”

-- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

Perrot-Minot has been widely acclaimed by wine media and critics, not surprisingly, thanks to two principles – “quality” and “innovation”. The domaine has adhered to these two key principles for over a century. Now Christophe Perrot-Minot, the fourth generation, continues the journey pursuing quality wines.

The quality could only possibly be achieved at the expense of yield. In order to guarantee a higher degree of fruit maturity, Domaine Perrot Minot practices green harvesting and leaf thinning as their regular operations in its vineyards. Under this practice, some of its oldest vines produce as few as six or seven bunches per plant, about 18 hectolitres per hectare every year (which is equivalent to 2,400 bottles of 75cl).

Since 1999, the domaine started to work as a négociant, making wine from the purchased grapes sourced from some of most prestigious vineyards to complement its wine series. Though only a négociant, Perrot Minot still insists to control the harvest time of the partnered vineyards and to carry out the harvest using their own picking team to ensure the quality of the grapes.

After picking, the grapes undergo extremely selective sorting, and are 50-100% destemmed to minimize the bitterness and herbaceous flavours in the wines and also maintain the richness of the color and alcohol levels.

Different from the conventional practice of imparting heavy new French oak, Domaine Perrot Minot chooses to adopt less new oak so that the wines could become more expressive on their terroir. Only 30% of new oak is used for its Grands Crus and Premiers Crus and 20% for village wines, with the rest élevaged in one-year- old and two-year- old casks. The resulting wines are therefore fruity and fleshy, with the subtle complexity from the wood. They are lively and approachable when young but can keep its grace for many years.

Apart from the seven Grands Crus shown in the figure, Domain Perrot Minot also produces an array of Premiers Crus, which include La Richemone, Les Cras and Les Murgers in Nuits-Saint-Georges; Les Beaux Monts in Vosne-Romanée; Les Fuées, Les Charmes, Les Baudes, La Combe d’Orveau and Les Échanges in Chambolle-Musigny; La Riotte in Morey-Saint- Denis; Les Perrières and Les Fontenys in Gevrey-Chambertin. All of these are from Vieilles Vignes (old vines), and the oldest were planted in 1902, living for more than a hundred years.

The seven Grands Crus of Perrot-Minot (Note: Labels not showing the word “Domaine” mean that the wines are made from purchased grapes) (Photo Courtesy: Alexander Choy)

Tasting the extraordinary vintage of 2015 during our visit (Photo Courtesy: Alexander Choy)