May 31, 2005; « Inside the Cellars », profile by Bruce Sanderson & Daniel Sogg

Christophe Perrot-Minot's 2002s are seductive Pinots Noirs and his ‘03s are even more voluptuous.

Perrot-Minot has added two vineyards to his 25-acre domaine in 2003 under a sharecropping agreement: Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perrière and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered, under Domaine Henri Perrot-Minot (his father's vineyards), Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot (the former Pernin-Rossin estate in Vosne-Romanée) and simply Perrot-Minot for the vineyards he leases.

In 2003 he began picking on Aug. 26, averaging less than 1 ton per acre for the harvest. Two sorting tables were employed, one for dried-out berries and one for overripe berries. He did no pigeage , explaining that the grapes had very ripe tannins and skins, and very little juice.

Still, Perrot-Minot is enthusiastic about his 2003s. “I think 2003 is a very great year and the wines will age a very long time. There is high alcohol and rich tannins,” he says. Four wines in the classic range (95-100) support his claim. The Clos Vougeot combines power and elegance with red fruits and spice; The Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes offers black fruits and mineral flavors, power and terrific length; Mazoyères-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes oozes with opulence and is more massive, with a hint of licorice; and Chambertin Clos de Bèze puts it all together, wih gorgeous cassis flavor, silky texture and length.