Anne and Hervé Sigaut are a low-key couple farming about seven hectares of vineyards and generally flying under the radar despite the ethereal excellence of their wines. The Sigauts work it and their other vineyards according to ‘lutte raisonée’ principles, farming completely organically unless an extreme emergency requires other intervention. Hand-harvested grapes are completely de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aging typically takes place in mostly used French oak for 15-16 months. They are then “racked to tank”—decanted from the barrels and rested in stainless steel vats for a short period to settle, so they can be bottled without fining or filtration.
Finally, a year generous in quantity! After a succession of very small harvests and low yields, the 2017 vintage succeeded in replenishing the cellar. It is a beautiful vintage for many reasons. Summer and spring were hot and sunny with temperatures 1.5°C to 2°C above average. The omnipresent sunshine even scalded some grapes. These favorable conditions for the vineyard did not make the Sigaut family any less attentive: green harvesting was particularly strict that year. "After a rather unproductive 2016 vintage, I expected the vines to be vigorous the following year. Therefore, we were very careful and meticulous when removing extra grape bunches." Harvesting started on September 7th, like in 2015, in ideal conditions. The grapes were in great shape and health and required very little sorting. During vinification, the vintage rapidly revealed charm, fruitiness and flavor. In 2017, the winery welcomed Maud Bienaimé, Anne and Hervé's niece. She studied oenology at the University of Dijon and is a valuable addition to the winery's predominantly female team.
Its rich color and dark fruits (black berries and blackcurrants) aromas are the unmistakable proof of its deep character. The tannins are dense, firm and a light touch of acidity rounds up the palate. The wine is aged 20% in new barrels. A strong Chambolle to be paired with red meat.
This climat is located on the hillside of the valley outlet, at the heart of the vineyard. The land here is composed of alluvial soil; sand, clay, silt, etc. deposited by the valley. Anne and Hervé Sigaut did not miss how dense and rich this makes the soil. This vine takes a bit longer to grow.