When Clos Saron was established, there was only half an acre of Pinot Noir vines in what later we named the “Home Vineyard”. That block of vines was originally planted in 1979/80 with 400 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In 1995, Saron grafted these over to Pinot, to see if this variety would do any better than the poor Cabernet, which was not very happy in this cool microclimate. In 1995, we also doubled the vine density, planting an “own-rooted” Pinot vine between every two Cabernet vines. Until and including the 2001, our Pinot was simply labeled as “Clos Saron, without any vineyard reference. In 2002, we started harvesting some fruit from the vines we planted in 1999. The young vine fruit was used to make the Pinot Too, a wine we only made in 02 and 03. Once I was confident that the fruit was good enough, we harvested it all together for the “Home Vineyard” cuvee.
Alongside the 2003, 2001 was one of the most concentrated and structured vintages of our Pinot. It took about 10 years in the bottle to start showing its real potential, and it’s still crawling in the general direction of its “full maturity”. By now it is certainly enjoyable to drink, but it still has some significant further aging potential. Order limit: 1 bottle.