Mâcon-Igé `Château London`

Mâconnais

Jean-Claude Boisset

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.

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Vineyards

This wine is from Igé, one of the Maconnais' top villages. Château London refers to the specific vineyard or 'lieu-dit' from where the grapes are taken. The vine age is approximately 20 years old and the yield is regularly 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare. The vines are guyot trained to a height of 1.3 metres, to ensure there is enough light for photosynthesis. Density is 7,000 vines per hectare. Soils are stony and clay, with a high proportion of chalk. The grape is a clone of Chardonnay, Chardonnay-Muscaté, which transfers the typical structure, poise and freshness of Chardonnay with the aromatic expression of Muscat.

Vintage Information

2009 was an exceptional vintage especially with regard to the quality of the grapes which ripened in excellent sanitary conditions. As a result of this good quality fruit it was hardly necessary to sort the grapes at the winery and only a very small percentage were eliminated. The Chardonnays overall are rich and contain good levels of acidity.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested manually into small 20kg crates. The grapes were pressed in whole bunches which kept the precious aromas and flavours, before the juice was transferred to oak vat. Natural yeasts were used for the long fermentation which lasted over seven months. The wines spent 12 months in barrel without racking or lees stirring. 25% were new French oak, toasted at low temperatures to preserve the delicacy of the flavours. The wine was bottled by gravity, fined with bentonite and very lightly filtered.

Tasting Notes

Bright yellow in colour, with an attractive nose of white flowers, citrus and peach. The palate is lively with long, zesty acidity on the finish. The 2009 is full in body with flavours of lemon, grape and a hint of vanilla.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Mâconnais, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%