About the 2017 vintage Sebastien told us that both 2017 and 2018 had been good for replenishing stocks after a short 2016 harvest. With its freshness, 2017 is: “A very good vintage to drink young, being in the same style as 2016, but it has more ripeness,” he said.
Sebastien Odoul is a masterful young(ish) grower located on the road out of Morey-Saint-Denis heading towards Gevrey-Chambertin. The estate has its origins in the 1930s and subsequently his grandfather started selling wines in bottle, an activity grown by his father. The Vosne-Romanée vines come from his father’s side whilst the Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny vines hail from his maternal Coquard grandfather. Covering 8.85 ha of vines, they have 44 parcels in 22 appellations; “a lot of work, these small parcels,” says Sebastien! The roster includes two grands crus and four premier crus including Morey-Saint-Denis ‘Clos la Riotte’ which is awarded to the villages domaine with the least premier cru vines, as long as they give back half the wine for village parties! The average age of the vines is a respectable 45 years. So what is the secret to these gloriously fruit-filled wines? Firstly Sebastien doesn’t like stalks so he de-stems 100%. He places great importance on nine days of pre-fermentation cold soaking at 5°C. He then ferments at 25°C with daily pumping over and punching down, but the fruit is kept fresh under a layer of dry ice. Finally he never filters nor fines his wines.