Wine producer profile: Domaine Parent, part 2 (01-12-2019 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)

 

Domaine Parent, Pommard, Premier Cru Les Argillières, 2016, red dry wine, 3,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (80 points of 100 points). The wine has been aged in 30% to 40% new oak barrels. The soil consists of clay on top of limestone. The grapes used for this wine were 21 years old when the wine was made. A charming wine with a little shy aroma at the beginning that grows with some air. The aroma is sweet spicy and fruity, mainly with cherry notes. This is a well-structured wine with good balance. Long, long aftertaste.

 

Domaine Parent, Pommard, Premier Cru Les Chanlins, 2016, red dry wine, 3,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (80 points of 100 points). The wine has been aged in 30% to 40% new oak barrels. The soil consists of clay on top of limestone. The grapes used for this wine were 15 years old when the wine was made. Nice, dark-fruity Pinot Noir-wine with both black berries and fresh herbs in both the aroma and the flavour. It is a little more powerful than the other Premier Cru-wines from Pommard from Domaine Parent. It has a solid tannin structure.

 

Domaine Parent, Pommard, Premier Cru Les Chaponnieres, 2016, red dry wine, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points). The youngest grapes that were used for this wine were 61 years old and the oldest 75 years old when the wine was made. The wine has been aged in 30% to 40% new oak barrels. The soil consists of clay on top of limestone. It is generous, fruity and spicy with cherries and raspberries in both the aroma and the flavour. The wine has a good acidity, tannin structure and balance. Very long aftertaste. Great wine to drink now, but it can also be aged for 5 to 10 more years.

 

Domaine Parent, Corton, Grand Cru Les Renardes, 2016, red dry wine, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points). Nowadays, it is extremely rare that grapes for some wine from Burgundy or other parts of the world be trampled by barefoot, but in case with this wine 100% of the grapes have gone through this process. The grapes used for this wine were 42 years old when the wine was made. The soil consists of clay on top of limestone. It has an aroma and taste that is more dark fruity and spicy than the aromas and flavours of the other Premier Cru-wines from Pommard from Domaine Parent. The wine is well balanced and although it is so young, the oak barrels are very well integrated. The aftertaste is both long and powerful.

Domaine Parent, Pommard, Premier Cru Les Epenots, 2016, red dry wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points). In this wine, 30% of whole grape bunches have been used. The wine has been aged in 30% to 40% new oak barrels. The soil in the vineyards consists of clay on top of limestone. The youngest grapes that were used for this wine were 26 years old and the oldest 53 years old when the wine was made. It has a very complex aroma that is filled with red and dark fruits and violets. The flavour, which is filled with red and dark fruits, is silky and never wants to end. The balance of the wine is excellent. Despite its youth, this is a fantastic good wine that will gain a lot in complexity trough aging.

 

Domaine Parent, Corton, Grand Cru Les Renardes, 2016, white dry wine, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points). A fantastic wine! Big, fruity, very complex and elegant aroma is filled with yellow pears, citrus, roasted nuts and a small touch of vanilla. The wine’s flavour is rich, a little bit buttery, mineral rich and very complex. It hangs on in the mouth for ages. The wine has a high acidity, but, already today, it tastes as very well balanced. Corton Grand Cru 2016 is of course a very young wine and if you can keep your hands away from it for 5 more years (i.e. until 2024) it will be even more complex. The grapes, which are used for Corton Grand Cru, come from the vines that are over 20 years old. They grow on a soil that consists of marl (a clayey soil that contains a lot of lime) and limestone. The grape bunches for the wine are carefully selected in both the field and the winery, and then pressed very gently. Both the fermentation and the aging take place in 225-litres new French oak barrels (barrique), and after 14 to 16 months, the wine is ready to be bottled. The wine is fined, but not filtered. Domaine Parent has right to write Corton-Charlemagne on the label for this wine, but they choose not to do so because Anne Parent and her sister Catherine consider that the soils differ slightly between their part of the appellation Corton and large parts of the appellation Corton-Charlemagne.

 

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