Starting out as sparkling wine producer in 1942 the family soon evolved the business into a highly respected negociant making wines from the lesser known but high quality appellations of Burgundy. Now owned by a different family they are setting their sites on making better wines and conquering the world.
This wine is all about structure, focus and drive. There is plenty of acid and phenolics here with a blanket of melon and grapefruit over the top. Hints of chalk and pepper are also evident as is a whiff of white flowers. I’d match this with mackerel or oily fish. No need to age it, I think it’s a sweet spot now.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Bourgogne – The entry level to Burgundy. The wines can be from vineyards outside of the better appellations or declassified from high ranks. That means you may be drinking a Grand Cru vineyard at Bourgogne pricing! Quality is variable but the great producers put as much care into their entry level as they do their great wines.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.