With all the hype attributed to Bordeaux, Burgundy still remains the most complex and intellectual of France's dreamland of wine-making. What is lacked in varietal blending, as only two grapes are used - Pinot and Chardonnay, is made up for by the 'terroir' - the expression of geological and climatic conditions, which can vary so dramatically over as little as ten or twenty yards within a single vineyard.
We were surprised at our preference for the non Premier Cru cuvee Les Guignottes in 2011, the balance and poise were noticeable, of course as Arlette pointed out the 1er cru was probably just in its shell, either way this is a fine Chardonnay, steely and pure.
Appellation: Premier Cru, clos (walled vineyard), monopole (exclusivity). Area under vine: 2.13 hectares. Sun exposure: East. Soil: Subsoil of Argovian limestone marl with Bathonian clay-limestone scree in places. Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir. Winemaking: The grapes are handpicked, then sorted in the cellar and completely destemmed. They are then cold-macerated for 7 days a…
The Premier Cru of Les Folatieres is one of the more prestigious sites in the Alain Chavy portfolio, known for creating rich Puligny-Montrachet wines with distinct minerality and crisp acidity.
The slightly cooler 2014 is proving to be a very elegant vintage with terroir definition. This shows up in the style of Nicolas Potel's Nuits Saint Georges, which is beginning to show a little expanse, though still a relatively youthful Pinot Noir. You can go ahead and drink now, or keep it another year or two and you will have a rounder example with a more teriary profile.
A near perfect growing season in 2009 led to a fantastic vintage in Burgundy. Pousse D Ors Volnay 60 Ouvrees offers forward fruit which is extremely expressive along with balance and harmony. An exceptional wine. "I had no hesitation, even as early as October 2009, in placing 2009 up with 2005 and 1999 as the very best of the last 25 years." Clive Coates 94 points. Allen Meadow…
2013 was a tough year for Cote de Beaune since hail devestated the yields in many vineyards. Volnay in particular was very badly affected. Clos des Chenes produced only two-and-a-half barrels; 304 bottles in total. The wine was, nonetheless, fantastic quality and its rarity gives romantic charm.
This is a tiny parcel of Premier Cru vineyard; less than one acre of limestone soil, perfect for growing Chardonnay vines. Cool evenings engender retention of acidity, giving these wines room to grow in the bottle. On the cusp of maturity, this wine easily has ten years of life left!
Area under vine: 1,45 hectare. Sun exposure: East. Soil: Clay-limestone. Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir. Winemaking: The grapes are handpicked, then sorted in the cellar and completely destemmed. They are then cold-macerated for 7 days and fermented under temperature-controlled conditions. The cap is punched twice a day, and the wine stays on the skins for a total of 21 days.…