Burgundy vineyards are well known for their history. Here, there are Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes for the red wine and Chardonnay and Aligote grapes for the white wine. The mention of appellation or plot (Clos) is very important, as on the same vineyard, different winemakers can produce a wines of different quality. Of course, the prestigious wines like premier crus and grand crus are the most desirable, but with 84 quality geographic areas which are full of wines to discover. After years of tasting and experience, we have selected the quintessential wines.
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.
The vines here are slightly younger, than the Nuits Saint Georges, still on average over 50 years though. The elevage is almost identical, totally de-stemmed with a cold maceration before fermentation. The fruit is a bit more forward, charming and vibrant. Try is with red meats.
The wine is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 8 months before being returned to the steel tanks, and then bottled. This is a fresh and dry white wine, with citrus flavours of lemon and a definite floral note. This will be delicious served with a simple fish dish.