Winemaker Dominique Piron can trace his family’s involvement in the Beaujolais region back to 1590. Not surprisingly he makes Beaujolais too. His range covers sparkling, white, rose and reds and his line up of Beaujolais Crus would be the envy of anyone in the region.
100% Chardonnay from the South of Burgundy. They have made this is an Extra Brut style (with low dosage or sugar additions at bottling) because the fruit’s intensity doesn’t need tricking up. This is dry though and the mineral edge really makes you want to enjoy one more oyster and one more glass. I wouldn’t age this wine.
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.
Crémant de Bourgogne – Sparkling wine appellation in Burgundy that was given AOC status in 1975. It comprises of hand harvested grapes are crafted into sparkling wines using the methode traditionelle. Made from a minimum of 30% Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. Aligoté is often added to fill out the blend. Quality and styles vary greatly. The best are very good replacements for Champagne!
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.