Region, Subregion, Country:
Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes, France
Laurent Roumier is the grandson of Georges Roumier and cousin of Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier. Laurent’s father, Alain, was the cellar master at Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé for thirty years(from 1950 through to the 1980s). The cellars of Domaine Laurent Roumier are located next to Domaine Georges Roumier. Domaine Laurent Roumier started in 1991 with 4 hectares Laurent rented from the Roumier family. Then, during the 1990s, he purchased 6 hectares of Haute Côtes de Nuits and since has purchased more Chambolle-Musigny. Currently, the estate comprises approximately 12 hectares. Laurent farms the vineyards without using herbicides or fertilizers. Likely the top vineyards in the range are the Clos Vougeot Grand Cru which was transferred to Laurent Roumier in 1997, and the Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru which was inherited from the Georges Roumier estate. The portion that he makes his Clos Vougeot from is in the lieu-dit of Grand Maupertuis which is the higher part of Clos Vougeot bordering the grand cru vineyard of Grands Echezeaux and not far from the grand cru vineyard of Musigny. Laurent Roumier’s Bonnes-Mares is located between that of Domaine Comte Comte Georges de Vogüé and Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier. For the winemaking, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed and fermented in concrete vats. During alcoholic fermentation, the practices of pumping over and punching down are done every day. The wine is decanted into vats for twelve hours in vats and then goes into barrel. The percentage of new oak varies depending on the vineyard or cuvée (50% new for grands crus and premiers crus and 30% new for village level and 10% new for Bourgogne Haute Côtes de Nuits). The élevage usually lasts between fifteen to eighteen months. Laurent uses the same barrels and oak as his cousin Christophe. The style here is traditional in character while being more accessble in its youth.