From a 40 year old parcel of Chardonnay on Argovian white limestone, a rarity in Santenay, where the Bajocian red soil of the Côte de Nuits, which reappears in Chassagne to the north, reigns supreme. Argovian marl, terre blanche, is the classic soil for Chardonnay in Burgundy, and these vines were planted at a time when Santenay vineyards were almost entirely Pinot Noir. A forward thinking viticulteur indeed!
Hand-picked and slowly pressed. The juice was chilled and oxidised in tank for 24 hours and then racked to 600L and a 400L barrel with plently of oxygen for an ambient fermentation (no temperature regulation) by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies, without stirring or Spring racking, for nine months with an extra month in tank on light lies for focus and freshness. Unfined and lightly filtered, bottled under DIAM. Only 504 bottles were made.
The cleanest, freshest nose. A hint reductive in this case, energy, more minerality. That has such a super line – my new favourite. — Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report