With each vintage I hope to refine my approach in an attempt to achieve this. Each cuvée is treated differently and in 2018 two of the three had some whole bunch. I like whole berry. I use both remontage and pigeage. I like to do my pigeage by foot… just gently standing on the cap to submerge it. The remontage is only ever half the juice, often less, and only with the super delicate pump. I don’t work every wine every day. It depends on the tasting. The 2017s received between 5 and 6 pigeage, 2 or 3 remontage and 1 délestage in total.
The terroir will determine the style of the wine. It’s like rearing a child, while learning to be parent through experience. You have certain values to instil, while allowing the wine to develop its own personality. Knowing the climat I have expectations of the wine’s character, but there can be surprises from a specific parcel within it.
Acknowledgement. My ‘terroir’ project is made possible with the support of the domaines on the Côte d’Or. Relationships forged over the past fifteen years to write The Burgundy Briefing Vintage Report. I am fortunate and grateful.
So, that’s my story… the beginning.
A few press comments on my first vintage.
Tim Atkin MW “I admire any wine writer who spends time in the vineyards and cellars of Burgundy. But Sarah Marsh has gone one better and produced her own very impressive wines. Her Meursault in particular shows that she has a bright future as a vigneronne.”
Jancis Robinson MW on Meursault, Narvaux “Pure citrus nose. Very clean and fresh. Undertow of spice (an oak thing?) and chew. Not as savoury as some but very pure fruit with some density. Should have quite a wide range of drinkability. Quite impressive length.”
Neil Beckett (Editor World of Fine Wine) on Savigny-Les-Beaune, Les Bas Liards. “This has a beautiful, enchanting, naturally expressive nose. Effortless and silky on entry—a gorgeous texture: the wine having had nothing forced on it, forces nothing back. There is deceptive length to the graceful, gently lingering finish, and a gratifying sense of both authenticity and style: a très haut Bas Liards.”
Steven Spurrier MW (Decanter & SOMM Magazine in the US) on Meursault, Narvaux “I really liked it.”
There are more reviews from wine writer with the individual wines.
You can find my wine at the following London restaurants/clubs: 67 Pall Mall; The Portland; Cabotte; Pied A Terre; Ten Cases; Noble Rot; Sager and Wilde; Medlar.
Shortly they will be on the wine lists of Zuma in Knightsbridge & Adam Handling Chelsea and The Frog in Covent Garden.