Epesses Grand Cru
In the vine
Composed of clay-limestone soil, slightly heavier than west of Lavaux, the Epesses vineyard is renowned for producing wines with a robust constitution. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, the slope can be very steep, going from the lake to almost 600 m. The wines of Epesses have a discreet bouquet when they are young but which fully assert themselves after a few months in the bottle. They then exhale fruity and spicy aromas through in particular their quite subtle peppery character. Their strong personality also ends on a note of bitterness very pleasant to taste.
During the harvest
The year 2018 is characterized by a very favorable climate throughout the wine season with less rain than in 2017. After a scorching summer period, autumn was relatively cool but dry. These favorable conditions led to very early harvests which started at the beginning of September for certain specialties and in mid-September for the classic wines, that is to say about two weeks ahead of the average. The very healthy and concentrated grapes could be picked with high sugar contents, good acidity and excellent phenolic maturity. This year produced wines of excellent quality, rich and aromatic with a beautiful expression of fruity / floral freshness supported by a positive acidity. The minerality of our different terroirs is well highlighted by the vintage. These are wines that will evolve well over time.
In the cellar
This wine makes its two fermentations, alcoholic and malolactic, then remains on its yeast lees until bottling. They decompose and finally melt into the wine, thus increasing the structure and texture of the latter. This is followed by bottling which takes place in June of the following year for a single bottling run of 1,500 bottles.