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Chardonnay Les Grandes Coutures is from three plots bordering Meursault with vine ages from 15 to 51 years. Soils are predominantly argile (clay), bringing weight and texture to this Bourgogne Blanc. The wine was aged from 12 to 14 months in 15-20% percent new French oak.
Wines from Meursault are typified by aromas and flavors of ripe melon, hazelnut, and lemon custard, and tend to be broader and more textural than wines from neighboring villages. Aging in 15-20% percent small French oak barrels lends notes of toast and vanilla.
There is one domain in Meursault that stands out for both its quality and resulting worldwide reputation: Domaine des Comtes Lafon. Established at the beginning of the 19th century by a wealthy amateur called Jules Lafon, the house is today directed by his great grandson, Dominique Lafon. It uses the same family traditions and covers 13 appellations. The domain has for a long time aimed to preserve the environment in its winemaking process. It now uses biodynamics and was officially classified "organic" in 1998.
Clos de la Barre is a monopole of the Domaine des Comtes Lafon. This vineyard of 2.12 hectares is located in the centre of the village of Meursault, very close to the domaine's winery. It produces a superb Meursault: rich, but with a pronounced mineral character. It will be at its peak after seven years' aging.
Located in the famous village of Pommard, Cote d'Or, Domaine Boillot is one of the leading producers in Burgundy. The estate vineyards are planted on various prestigious appellations such as Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard. On the palate there are hints of rich toastiness and just a touch of oak elevate this from simple to really quite complex.
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Pair with shellfish, fish, charcuterie, and comte cheese.
The Gueguen family lives in Préhy, about 7 km south-west of Chablis. This winery is young, established in January of 2013 by both Céline and Frédéric whom had preivously been working for larger wine estates in Chablis over the course of 15 years. The Gueguen’s are passionate about conservation and respect towards the environment, aiming to create a wine representative of its terroir.
Tasting notes: Pale gold colour, Powerful fruit expression and rich aromatics of white fruit and flowers. The palate balances richness and freshness. Lingering fruity finish. Decanting optional.
Appellation: CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Grape variety: Chardonnay Colour: White Surface area: 0.28 hectare Age of vines: 35 and 55 years Exposure: East
Magnificent terroir of white marls high on the hill-side and facing south. Very calcareous ground, with good drainage, allowing harvests at optimal maturity.
The expression of this exceptional white wine is mineral, with white flowers and fruit (peach, apricot). The persistence on the palate is infinite. It is one of the loveliest white wines of Burgundy which may be tasted young and which gains in complexity and richness as the years go by.
VintageA precocious spring led to an early growing cycle. Unfortunately a cold snap set upon the flowering, which took away hopes of good yields. Vines were then hit by hail on the 28th of June the storm fell from Meursault, corton, lowering yet again the quantity of grapes. We harvested from the 18th to 26th september, with half the normal crop though picking at perfect ripeness. The reds have a great aromatic complexity and silky tannins, whites have freshness and a density. The wines are tasting very well at the moment.
40 years average age of vines
fermented in barrel 25% new barrels
Troncais oak aromas of spice, minerals and yeast
Lemon zest and spice on palette backed by racy acidity great balance and aging potential
Making a mark in Cote de Beaune right now we find Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. With a talent for exceptional winemaking, Colin-Morey is notable for producing stunning, intuitive Bourgogne Blanc, which rely heavily on terroir and site-specific expressions of the Chardonnay varietal.
Pierre Yves honed his winemaking skills working for his father, Marc Colin, and after inheriting 6 hectares of vineyards in St. Aubin, he quickly set about launching his own domain in 2006.
Like many a good story, Hervé Azo’s began with love-at-first-sight. When this native Breton left his high-powered job in Paris to work the harvest in Chablis in the early 1970s, he never returned. Captivated by his new-found home, he began to slowly acquire vineyard land—at the time, only a fraction of the astronomical value that it is today. The property now encompasses 12 hectares of vineyards; nine of which are located on the premier cru slopes around the village of Milly. The soils here are as pedigree as they come, with the Chablis and premier cru vineyards rooted to the famous Kimmeridgian limestone, rich in prehistoric fossils, and the Petit Chablis from the Portlandian limestone just outside the limits of classic Chablis. In 2004, with his daughters partaking in other careers, Hervé transitioned the domaine into the capable hands of Jean-Marc Brocard, whose family has a strong viticultural legacy in Chablis. Jean-Marc has kept the domaine intact, with the vineyards being transitioned to organic farming since 2006. The Brocards keep yields low at an average of 45 hl/ha.
Every attempt has been made to remain true to the original, purist house style that the Azos spent so much time and effort creating. Using only native yeasts, the grapes are pressed gently by pneumatic press, and are fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel vats to retain the classic mineral qualities of Chablis. The wines are then bottled unfined yet lightly filtered, and left to rest. After a couple of years in the bottle, the wines begin to blossom and flesh out. The nose takes on the buttery, yeasty aromas which true connoisseurs look for from French Chardonnay. In fact, historically, the wines from Chablis were never sold until they had been in the bottle at least three years. Only then, when the wines lost their youthful, citrus qualities were they deemed suited for the market.
La Gerbotte often develops aromas of citrus fruit and white-fleshed fruit, mingled with aromas of fresh almonds and honey. It has a lively, agile structure in the mouth and reflects the precise crystalline expression of its terroir. It is a charming wine which can be tasted young.
La Gerbotte comes from the youngest Clos de l'Arlot blanc vines, which were planted from 1992 to 2006. It could naturally claim the appellation Nuits Saint Georges premier Cru, however the domaine has chosen to classify the wine under the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Village. This wine fully expresses all the elegance and fullness of this terroir. Lying further from the other vines of the Clos, on a white limestone slab supporting thin ground, the microclimate is not as "sunny". All the elements come together so that the Chardonnay reveals a refined style, which is lively and mineral.
The grapes are harvested in the morning while temperatures are still cool, and pressed immediately. The must is then cold settled before natural alcoholic fermentation begins in vats. At mid-fermentation, the wine is transferred to barrels of which 20% are new. The wine will be aged for 12 months in barrels and 3 months in vats before bottling.
The nose is initially delicate, stony and floral, then on aeration it becomes expressive with notes of toast, butter and white flowers.
The palate is silky, soft and fresh yet invigorating. With great, sappy tautness, this wine shows length and persistence.