Le Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016
This serious Bourgogne Blanc is pale gold in color with intense aromas of citrus fruit, green almond and an underlying minerality. On the palate, it is well-balanced, with very pure fruit and a racy acidity. The finish is refreshing. It’s perfect with charcuterie, pâté and goat cheese.
Grapes are sourced from the clay and limestone slopes of the Cote Chalonnaise and the Cote de Beaune, which produces an usual Bourgogne Blanc.
The wine is for the most part left alone, as the philosophy is one of “infusion rather than construction.” The wine is vinified 100% whole cluster to extract a deeper color and enhance the structure and aromatic complexity. The major condition is that the grapes must be perfect in terms of ripeness and condition. Chanson also strives to maximize the preservation of fresh fruit characteristics, which is why grapes are chilled immediately on arrival in a proprietary tunnel that provides a very quick chill with no oxygen exposure. Then, Champagne-style fractional pressing is practiced to gently extract the purest juice. Oak is used conservatively, with no more than 20% for the whites.
After a cool and rainy winter and a frost episode in April, the weather at the end of spring was warmer but rainy which engendered a late flowering and produced small berries in many plots (millerandage). The summer was warm and dry. September was warm and the harvest took place mid-September under bright sunshine. The white wines are precise and taut and developed very pure aromas.
Pale gold color. Delicate floral fragrances mixed with citrus fruit and a hint of minerality. Well-structured and precise with a well-integrated acidity. Refreshing aftertaste with zesty notes.
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