Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...
Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.
The vineyard for this wine is located just above the classic Côte de Nuits appellations. The soil consists largely of limestone that is well suited to Chardonnay and gives it its fresh character and fine minerality. The area planted with Chardonnay covers just 120 hectares. The vineyard has a plant density of 3,500 vines per hectare and is certified organic. The grapes were hand picked into small 20 kilogram crates to avoid damage to the precious Chardonnay flavours.
What had promised to be a very generous vintage, turned out to be an extremely difficult year for Burgundy, with terrible bouts of hail, frost and mildew. Yields were very low due to the complicated weather patterns throughout the year. The harvest ended on a high note with a warm, dry and sunny July through to October. This spell of consistently good weather salvaged the vintage.
The wine was whole-bunch pressed for 2.5 hours and transferred into oak barrels without settling following fermentation. The fermentation was very long, up to 10 months. The wine was aged for 16 months in toasted French oak barrels (20% new) without racking or bâtonnage to accentuate the more delicate, mineral qualities of the wine. The wine was very lightly filtered and fined, and bottled using gravity.
In the glass, this wine is straw yellow with white highlights. It has very intense bouquet with notes of citrus zest, Granny Smith apple and toasty aromas. Lovely tension on the palate and excellent length.
|Grape varieties||100% Chardonnay|
|Region||Côte de Nuits, Burgundy|
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