We heart Domaine Rollin
It is no secret that we at Slope Cellars have had a soft spot for Domaine Rollin Père et Fils. Heralded by Remi Rollin, a third-generation vigneron and joined by his son Simon, Domaine Rollin today encompasses almost twelve hectares of vines across five separate communes in Côte de Beaune and produces wine across fourteen appellations. That’s a huge feat for a producer that a mere 50 years ago, was bottling very small amounts and selling his grapes to local negociants—a testament to the vision and steadfastness of the Rollin family.
Not so long ago, one of our colleagues CONFESSED HIS LOVE FOR THEM, in particular their 2013 Bourgogne Aligoté. I am here to tell you that a year later, our hearts remain unchanged. In some eyes, Aligoté is the ugly duckling to prima ballerina Chardonnay. Not in ours: THE 2014 ROLLIN BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ has a lime acidity, with salt, chalk and tarragon. It feels like a classically trained ballerina, full of strength and poise, flashdancing.
Their Chardonnays are more classical, but by no means demure.
THE 2014 BORGOGNE HAUT-CÔTES DE BEAUNE BLANC is from a small parcel on the western edge of Pernand, it has the lively acidity of Meyer lemons, savory and a muscular leanness. THE 2013 PERNAND-VERGELESSES BLANC is from four vineyards within Pernand and is the most classic and age-worthy of the three. Aged on its lees for a year and bottled without filtration, it is vegetal and herbaceous, like fennel, thyme and chamomile, with an upright acidity of lemons and pineapples and with a substantial weight like whey.
I suspect this is a love affair for the ages… -Alejandra