Producer: Domaine Rollin Père et Fils
In immaculate cellars in Pernand-Vergelesses, just a few miles outside Beaune, the father-and-son Rollin team turn out consistently good wines for medium-term drinking, as well as being a wonderful source of long-lived Corton-Charlemagne.
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The estate was started by Raymond Rollin who, in the 1950s, started diversifying from selling his crop to the large Beaune houses by marketing wines in bottle. It is his grandson Rémi, born in 1958, and great grandson Simon who are in charge now. Simon was a stagière at Kumeu River, the excellent New Zealand Chardonnay producer. With their house and cellars beside the main road which passes under Pernand-Vergelesses, their vineyards extend to 12 ha, all close by. The Rollins have half a hectare of Corton-Charlemagne, making about eight barrels only. The rest of the vines are in Pernand-Vergelesses and in Echevronne up the valley into the Hautes-Côtes, where they have part of their two hectares of Aligoté vines. They underplay the oak influence on the wines to maintain the purity of flavour, and we at Tanners are big fans of that.